World Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

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 15.28%, a 0.09% increase from 2018.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 15.20%, a 0.17% decline from 2017.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 15.37%, a 0.09% decline from 2016.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 15.45%, 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 19.60%
Euro Area 18.19%
Latin America & Caribbean 17.75%
European Union 16.83%
World 15.28%
OECD members 12.53%
Sub-Saharan Africa 12.44%
East Asia & Pacific 9.87%
North America 8.55%
World Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 15.28% 0.09%
2018 15.20% -0.17%
2017 15.37% -0.09%
2016 15.45% 0.25%
2015 15.20% 0.27%
2014 14.92% -0.13%
2013 15.06% 0.18%
2012 14.87% 0.28%
2011 14.59% 0.07%
2010 14.52% 0.06%
2009 14.47% 1.09%
2008 13.38% 0.02%
2007 13.35% -0.49%
2006 13.84% -0.52%
2005 14.37% -0.01%
2004 14.38% -0.22%
2003 14.60% 0.17%
2002 14.44% 0.40%
2001 14.04% 0.17%
2000 13.87% -0.11%
1999 13.97% 0.27%
1998 13.70% 0.46%
1997 13.24% 0.14%
1996 13.10% 0.23%
1995 12.88% 0.46%
1994 12.42% 0.61%
1993 11.81% 0.68%
1992 11.13% 0.28%
1991 10.85% 0.28%