South Africa Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

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 57.47%, a 3.7% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 53.77%, a 0.24% increase from 2017.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 53.53%, a 0.1% decline from 2016.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 53.63%, a 3.32% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Africa 57.47%
Libya 49.54%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 39.76%
Namibia 37.82%
Jordan 37.28%
St. Lucia 35.95%
Botswana 35.56%
North Macedonia 35.55%
Gabon 35.52%
Bosnia 33.97%
Armenia 33.51%
Costa Rica 31.82%
Algeria 29.69%
Brazil 27.47%
Serbia 27.12%
Albania 26.99%
Guyana 26.20%
Iran 25.46%
Montenegro 25.25%
Iraq 25.16%
Turkey 24.64%
Mauritius 23.84%
Jamaica 22.07%
Colombia 20.01%
Samoa 17.55%
Lebanon 17.10%
Romania 16.78%
Maldives 16.63%
Dominican Republic 15.89%
Venezuela 15.88%
Equatorial Guinea 15.47%
Russia 15.46%
Belize 15.35%
Paraguay 15.11%
Fiji 14.97%
Suriname 13.20%
Azerbaijan 13.19%
Malaysia 11.77%
China 11.01%
Belarus 10.63%
Bulgaria 8.89%
Ecuador 8.71%
Tonga 8.58%
Turkmenistan 8.04%
Peru 7.37%
Mexico 7.15%
Guatemala 4.88%
Cuba 4.49%
Thailand 4.22%
Kazakhstan 3.67%
South Africa Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 57.47% 3.70%
2018 53.77% 0.24%
2017 53.53% -0.10%
2016 53.63% 3.32%
2015 50.31% -1.03%
2014 51.34% 0.03%
2013 51.31% -0.08%
2012 51.39% 1.60%
2011 49.79% -0.73%
2010 50.52% 2.93%
2009 47.59% 2.78%
2008 44.81% -7.59%
2007 52.40% -2.01%
2006 54.41% -1.36%
2005 55.77% -0.36%
2004 56.13% -4.70%
2003 60.83% 1.19%
2002 59.64% 4.23%
2001 55.41% 2.63%
2000 52.78% 0.26%
1999 52.52% 0.40%
1998 52.12% 0.19%
1997 51.93% 0.20%
1996 51.73% 0.26%
1995 51.47% 0.34%
1994 51.13% 0.51%
1993 50.62% 0.65%
1992 49.97% 0.40%
1991 49.57% 0.40%