World Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2023

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 2021 was 17.89%, a 0.68% increase from 2020.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 17.20%, a 1.92% increase from 2019.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 15.28%, a 0.09% decline from 2018.
  • World youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 15.37%, a 0.08% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Asia 24.08%
Latin America & Caribbean 21.37%
Euro Area 20.41%
European Union 19.34%
World 17.89%
Sub-Saharan Africa 14.81%
OECD members 14.13%
East Asia & Pacific 10.86%
North America 9.98%
World Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 17.89% 0.68%
2020 17.20% 1.92%
2019 15.28% -0.09%
2018 15.37% -0.08%
2017 15.45% -0.02%
2016 15.47% 0.31%
2015 15.16% 0.33%
2014 14.83% -0.06%
2013 14.89% 0.20%
2012 14.69% 0.25%
2011 14.45% 0.06%
2010 14.38% 0.00%
2009 14.38% 1.00%
2008 13.38% 0.00%
2007 13.38% -0.41%
2006 13.79% -0.42%
2005 14.21% 0.04%
2004 14.17% -0.20%
2003 14.37% 0.20%
2002 14.17% 0.35%
2001 13.82% 0.21%
2000 13.61% -0.15%
1999 13.76% 0.31%
1998 13.45% 0.42%
1997 13.03% 0.11%
1996 12.92% 0.23%
1995 12.69% 0.48%
1994 12.21% 0.59%
1993 11.62% 0.62%
1992 11.00% 0.33%
1991 10.67% 0.33%