World Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 15.39%, a 0.15% increase from 2018.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 15.24%, a 0.16% decline from 2017.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 15.41%, a 0.05% decline from 2016.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 15.46%, a 0.25% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Asia 19.92%
Euro Area 18.12%
Latin America & Caribbean 17.67%
European Union 16.83%
World 15.39%
OECD members 12.40%
Sub-Saharan Africa 11.58%
East Asia & Pacific 10.14%
North America 8.75%
World Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 15.39% 0.15%
2018 15.24% -0.16%
2017 15.41% -0.05%
2016 15.46% 0.25%
2015 15.21% 0.26%
2014 14.95% -0.16%
2013 15.10% 0.20%
2012 14.90% 0.27%
2011 14.63% 0.13%
2010 14.50% 0.05%
2009 14.45% 1.13%
2008 13.32% 0.03%
2007 13.29% -0.50%
2006 13.79% -0.54%
2005 14.32% -0.01%
2004 14.34% -0.23%
2003 14.57% 0.12%
2002 14.45% 0.44%
2001 14.01% 0.20%
2000 13.81% -0.06%
1999 13.87% 0.29%
1998 13.59% 0.39%
1997 13.20% 0.19%
1996 13.01% 0.24%
1995 12.77% 0.46%
1994 12.31% 0.46%
1993 11.84% 0.73%
1992 11.11% 0.30%
1991 10.81% 0.30%