U.S. Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.30%, a 0.22% decline from 2018.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 8.52%, a 0.62% decline from 2017.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 9.14%, a 1.18% decline from 2016.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 10.32%, a 1.19% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
New Caledonia 39.33%
French Polynesia 37.78%
Greece 35.11%
Spain 32.61%
Barbados 30.15%
Saudi Arabia 29.63%
Uruguay 29.40%
Italy 29.22%
Argentina 25.97%
Bahamas 24.50%
Brunei 21.70%
Puerto Rico 20.43%
Sweden 20.22%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 19.88%
Chile 19.62%
France 19.54%
Portugal 18.29%
Finland 17.09%
Luxembourg 16.82%
Croatia 16.62%
Slovak Republic 16.11%
Cyprus 16.04%
Kuwait 15.73%
Guam 15.54%
Channel Islands 15.34%
Belgium 14.25%
Panama 13.03%
Ireland 12.56%
Latvia 12.48%
Lithuania 11.87%
Australia 11.84%
Oman 11.55%
Singapore 11.50%
Hungary 11.40%
New Zealand 11.16%
Estonia 11.09%
United Kingdom 11.08%
Canada 11.04%
Denmark 10.05%
Norway 9.88%
Poland 9.84%
South Korea 9.82%
Malta 9.16%
Trinidad and Tobago 9.12%
Hong Kong 8.57%
Austria 8.51%
Iceland 8.48%
United States 8.30%
Slovenia 8.15%
Switzerland 7.98%
Bahrain 7.31%
UAE 7.19%
Netherlands 6.77%
Israel 6.68%
Germany 5.75%
Czech Republic 5.63%
Macao 4.95%
Japan 3.89%
Qatar 0.47%
U.S. Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 8.30% -0.22%
2018 8.52% -0.62%
2017 9.14% -1.18%
2016 10.32% -1.19%
2015 11.51% -1.77%
2014 13.28% -2.15%
2013 15.43% -0.97%
2012 16.40% -0.80%
2011 17.20% -1.09%
2010 18.29% 0.85%
2009 17.44% 4.76%
2008 12.68% 2.28%
2007 10.40% 0.04%
2006 10.36% -0.81%
2005 11.17% -0.57%
2004 11.74% -0.58%
2003 12.32% 0.42%
2002 11.90% 1.46%
2001 10.44% 1.23%
2000 9.21% -0.58%
1999 9.79% -0.52%
1998 10.31% -0.98%
1997 11.29% -0.65%
1996 11.94% -0.12%
1995 12.06% -0.37%
1994 12.43% -0.88%
1993 13.31% -0.86%
1992 14.17% 0.83%
1991 13.34% 0.83%