South Africa 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.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 55.97%, a 2.18% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 53.79%, a 0.17% increase from 2017.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 53.62%, a 0.04% decline from 2016.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 53.66%, a 3.34% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Africa 55.97%
Libya 50.47%
St. Lucia 45.23%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 41.68%
Bosnia 39.70%
Namibia 39.53%
North Macedonia 39.14%
Botswana 37.35%
Gabon 35.95%
Armenia 35.49%
Jordan 35.03%
Montenegro 30.72%
Costa Rica 30.50%
Serbia 30.03%
Algeria 29.51%
Albania 28.13%
Brazil 27.39%
Iran 27.36%
Iraq 25.14%
Mauritius 23.88%
Turkey 23.68%
Jamaica 22.14%
Guyana 21.28%
Colombia 19.04%
Venezuela 18.78%
Samoa 18.13%
Lebanon 17.61%
Maldives 16.76%
Russia 16.12%
Romania 15.43%
Suriname 15.31%
Belize 15.12%
Fiji 14.83%
Azerbaijan 14.56%
Dominican Republic 13.47%
Equatorial Guinea 12.31%
Paraguay 11.42%
Malaysia 11.26%
China 10.33%
Bulgaria 9.87%
Belarus 9.71%
Ecuador 8.94%
Peru 8.37%
Turkmenistan 8.27%
Mexico 7.07%
Guatemala 4.99%
Cuba 4.20%
Kazakhstan 3.88%
Thailand 3.87%
Tonga 3.59%
South Africa Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 55.97% 2.18%
2018 53.79% 0.17%
2017 53.62% -0.04%
2016 53.66% 3.34%
2015 50.32% -1.03%
2014 51.35% 0.04%
2013 51.31% -0.08%
2012 51.39% 1.57%
2011 49.82% -0.71%
2010 50.53% 2.92%
2009 47.61% 2.78%
2008 44.83% -7.79%
2007 52.62% -2.08%
2006 54.70% -1.25%
2005 55.94% -0.40%
2004 56.34% -4.69%
2003 61.04% 1.08%
2002 59.95% 4.26%
2001 55.70% 2.42%
2000 53.28% 0.06%
1999 53.22% 0.36%
1998 52.86% 0.38%
1997 52.48% 0.29%
1996 52.20% 0.20%
1995 52.00% 0.32%
1994 51.68% 0.22%
1993 51.47% 0.45%
1992 51.02% 0.50%
1991 50.52% 0.50%