South Africa 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.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2022 was 49.83%, a 0.04% decline from 2021.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 49.86%, a 6.37% increase from 2020.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 43.50%, a 3.91% decline from 2019.
  • South Africa youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 47.41%, a 3.65% increase 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%
Nauru 0.00%
Dominica 0.00%
Grenada 0.00%
Tuvalu 0.00%
American Samoa 0.00%
Marshall Islands 0.00%
South Africa Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2022 49.83% -0.04%
2021 49.86% 6.37%
2020 43.50% -3.91%
2019 47.41% 3.65%
2018 43.76% 0.95%
2017 42.81% -1.13%
2016 43.94% 1.94%
2015 42.00% -1.96%
2014 43.96% 1.15%
2013 42.81% 0.91%
2012 41.90% 2.16%
2011 39.74% -5.80%
2010 45.54% 6.95%
2009 38.59% 2.05%
2008 36.54% 0.42%
2007 36.12% 0.04%
2006 36.08% -0.20%
2005 36.28% -0.07%
2004 36.35% -0.16%
2003 36.50% 0.19%
2002 36.31% -0.18%
2001 36.49% -0.31%
2000 36.80% -0.17%
1999 36.97% 0.33%
1998 36.65% 0.46%
1997 36.18% 0.23%
1996 35.96% -0.22%
1995 36.18% -0.41%
1994 36.59% -0.21%
1993 36.80% 0.20%
1992 36.60% 1.09%
1991 35.51% 35.51%
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%