Iraq: Youth unemployment

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 Iraq

Youth unemployment, ages 15-24

 Latest value 32.28
 Year 2023
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2023
 Average 19.85
 Min - Max 15.35 - 35.60
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Iraq from 1991 to 2023. The average value for Iraq during that period was 19.85 percent with a minimum of 15.35 percent in 1994 and a maximum of 35.6 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2023 is 32.28 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 178 countries is 16.02 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Iraq - Youth unemployment - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Iraq - Youth unemployment - historical chart - 1991-2023




We present the rate of youth unemployment for Iraq and other countries. Youth unemployment is the percent of 15-24 year olds who are part of the labor force but are unemployed. Recall that the labor force includes the employed and the unemployed people.
Definition: Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 11.81 2023 million people
 Unemployment rate 15.32 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 30.37 2023 percent
 Male unemployment 13.17 2023 percent
 Youth unemployment 32.28 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 41.42 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 13.88 2023 percent
 Female labor force participation 11.38 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 72.14 2023 percent
 Self-employment 31.13 2022 percent
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