South Africa: Youth unemployment

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 South Africa

Youth unemployment, ages 15-24

 Latest value 51.52
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 39.35
 Min - Max 34.34 - 51.52
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1991 to 2022. The average value for South Africa during that period was 39.35 percent with a minimum of 34.34 percent in 1991 and a maximum of 51.52 percent in 2022. The latest value from 2022 is 51.52 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 176 countries is 16.72 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
South Africa - Youth unemployment - recent values

Historical chart
South Africa - Youth unemployment - historical chart - 1991-2022




We present the rate of youth unemployment for South Africa 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.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 24.31 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 29.81 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 31.43 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 28.40 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 51.52 2022 percent
 Labor force participation 56.81 2022 percent
 Labor force: percent female 46.48 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 50.61 2022 percent
 Male labor force participation 63.56 2022 percent
 Employment 16.75 Q3/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 31.90 Q3/2023 percent
 Labor cost 138.50 Q3/2022 index points
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