Jamaica Youth Unemployment Rate 1960-2024

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2022 was 18.06%, a 1.08% decline from 2021.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 19.14%, a 1.08% decline from 2020.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 20.22%, a 4.17% increase from 2019.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 16.05%, a 2.13% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Libya 50.45%
South Africa 49.83%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 43.82%
Botswana 43.52%
Jordan 41.91%
Namibia 38.97%
Gabon 36.90%
North Macedonia 32.44%
Algeria 32.01%
Bosnia 31.89%
Iraq 31.76%
St. Lucia 30.78%
Costa Rica 30.74%
Albania 28.20%
Montenegro 28.06%
Suriname 26.60%
Guyana 25.48%
Serbia 24.25%
Lebanon 23.94%
Iran 22.83%
Romania 22.59%
Mauritius 21.76%
Colombia 21.04%
Brazil 20.68%
Samoa 20.35%
Turkey 19.25%
Armenia 19.02%
Jamaica 18.06%
Belize 17.93%
Equatorial Guinea 16.53%
Fiji 16.01%
Maldives 15.14%
China 14.85%
Paraguay 14.51%
Russia 14.37%
Azerbaijan 13.58%
Dominican Republic 12.89%
Venezuela 10.98%
Bulgaria 10.77%
Malaysia 10.39%
Belarus 10.27%
Turkmenistan 8.99%
Ecuador 8.40%
Peru 8.04%
Tonga 7.03%
Mexico 6.52%
Guatemala 6.28%
Thailand 5.39%
Kazakhstan 3.82%
Cuba 3.09%
Grenada 0.00%
Tuvalu 0.00%
American Samoa 0.00%
Marshall Islands 0.00%
Nauru 0.00%
Dominica 0.00%
Jamaica Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2022 18.06% -1.08%
2021 19.14% -1.08%
2020 20.22% 4.17%
2019 16.05% -2.13%
2018 18.18% -3.62%
2017 21.80% -2.95%
2016 24.75% -1.13%
2015 25.88% -0.58%
2014 26.46% -0.82%
2013 27.28% 3.90%
2012 23.38% 3.07%
2011 20.31% -0.07%
2010 20.38% 1.90%
2009 18.48% 1.37%
2008 17.11% 0.17%
2007 16.94% 0.06%
2006 16.88% 0.12%
2005 16.76% 0.13%
2004 16.63% 0.13%
2003 16.50% -0.09%
2002 16.59% 0.00%
2001 16.59% -0.10%
2000 16.69% 0.01%
1999 16.69% 0.13%
1998 16.55% 0.37%
1997 16.18% 0.25%
1996 15.93% 0.66%
1995 15.27% 0.11%
1994 15.17% 0.33%
1993 14.83% -0.13%
1992 14.96% 0.47%
1991 14.49% 14.49%
1990 0.00% 0.00%
1989 0.00% 0.00%
1988 0.00% 0.00%
1987 0.00% 0.00%
1986 0.00% 0.00%
1985 0.00% 0.00%
1984 0.00% 0.00%
1983 0.00% 0.00%
1982 0.00% 0.00%
1981 0.00% 0.00%
1980 0.00% 0.00%
1979 0.00% 0.00%
1978 0.00% 0.00%
1977 0.00% 0.00%
1976 0.00% 0.00%
1975 0.00% 0.00%
1974 0.00% 0.00%
1973 0.00% 0.00%
1972 0.00% 0.00%
1971 0.00% 0.00%
1970 0.00% 0.00%
1969 0.00% 0.00%
1968 0.00% 0.00%
1967 0.00% 0.00%
1966 0.00% 0.00%
1965 0.00% 0.00%
1964 0.00% 0.00%
1963 0.00% 0.00%
1962 0.00% 0.00%
1961 0.00% 0.00%
1960 0.00% 0.00%