Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 16.05%, a 1.29% decline from 2019.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 17.34%, a 0.05% increase from 2018.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.29%, a 0.01% decline from 2017.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.30%, a 2.4% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Somalia 35.76%
Haiti 35.27%
Yemen 26.08%
Nepal 24.08%
Syrian Arab Republic 23.41%
Comoros 21.25%
South Sudan 20.88%
Rwanda 17.19%
Tajikistan 17.13%
Afghanistan 16.05%
Zimbabwe 12.70%
Eritrea 12.26%
Central African Republic 11.21%
Togo 10.18%
Democratic Republic of Congo 9.87%
Gambia 8.85%
Burkina Faso 8.61%
Guinea 8.53%
Malawi 8.09%
Mozambique 8.05%
North Korea 7.43%
Uganda 7.08%
Mali 6.74%
Ethiopia 6.65%
Senegal 5.15%
Guinea-Bissau 4.90%
Madagascar 4.48%
Benin 4.47%
Sierra Leone 4.36%
Tanzania 3.81%
Liberia 3.51%
Chad 2.35%
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Niger 1.04%
Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2020 16.05% -1.29%
2019 17.34% 0.05%
2018 17.29% -0.01%
2017 17.30% 2.40%
2016 14.90% 2.41%
2015 12.50% 2.41%
2014 10.09% -0.14%
2013 10.22% -0.17%
2012 10.39% -0.05%
2011 10.44% -0.23%
2010 10.67% -0.13%
2009 10.79% -0.06%
2008 10.85% -0.19%
2007 11.04% -0.05%
2006 11.09% -0.15%
2005 11.24% -0.05%
2004 11.29% -0.17%
2003 11.45% -0.16%
2002 11.62% 0.05%
2001 11.57% -0.11%
2000 11.68% -0.10%
1999 11.78% -0.09%
1998 11.87% -0.08%
1997 11.95% -0.15%
1996 12.10% -0.17%
1995 12.27% 0.09%
1994 12.18% -0.08%
1993 12.27% -0.12%
1992 12.39% -0.03%
1991 12.41% -0.03%