South Africa 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.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 64.18%, a 4.56% increase from 2020.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 59.62%, a 2.24% increase from 2019.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 57.38%, a 3.63% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 53.75%, a 0.21% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Africa 64.18%
Libya 50.45%
Costa Rica 45.36%
Botswana 41.20%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 41.09%
Jordan 40.53%
Namibia 40.44%
St. Lucia 38.69%
Gabon 38.43%
Armenia 36.09%
North Macedonia 34.12%
Bosnia 32.87%
Brazil 31.90%
Algeria 31.88%
Montenegro 31.56%
Suriname 30.53%
Serbia 30.41%
Guyana 29.85%
Lebanon 29.60%
Albania 27.84%
Iran 27.21%
Iraq 27.20%
Colombia 26.45%
Jamaica 26.11%
Mauritius 25.26%
Turkey 24.31%
Dominican Republic 20.60%
Romania 20.57%
Samoa 19.69%
Belize 19.27%
Equatorial Guinea 18.29%
Fiji 18.06%
Maldives 17.74%
Russia 16.89%
Azerbaijan 16.49%
Paraguay 16.27%
Malaysia 15.60%
Venezuela 14.94%
Ecuador 14.23%
Bulgaria 14.16%
China 11.35%
Belarus 11.31%
Peru 11.16%
Tonga 11.12%
Turkmenistan 11.01%
Mexico 8.13%
Cuba 7.39%
Guatemala 7.21%
Thailand 6.98%
Kazakhstan 3.73%
South Africa Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 64.18% 4.56%
2020 59.62% 2.24%
2019 57.38% 3.63%
2018 53.75% 0.21%
2017 53.53% -0.15%
2016 53.68% 3.29%
2015 50.40% -1.11%
2014 51.51% -0.01%
2013 51.52% -0.14%
2012 51.66% 1.60%
2011 50.07% -0.73%
2010 50.80% 2.96%
2009 47.84% 2.83%
2008 45.01% -7.50%
2007 52.51% -1.86%
2006 54.37% -1.26%
2005 55.63% -0.25%
2004 55.88% -4.55%
2003 60.43% 1.26%
2002 59.17% 4.24%
2001 54.92% 2.63%
2000 52.29% 0.47%
1999 51.82% 0.44%
1998 51.38% 0.53%
1997 50.85% 0.48%
1996 50.37% 0.37%
1995 50.00% 0.50%
1994 49.50% 0.41%
1993 49.09% 0.35%
1992 48.74% 0.44%
1991 48.30% 0.44%