Zambia: Youth unemployment

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Youth unemployment, ages 15-24

 Latest value 7.91
 Year 2023
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2023
 Average 21.95
 Min - Max 7.91 - 35.24
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Zambia from 1991 to 2023. The average value for Zambia during that period was 21.95 percent with a minimum of 7.91 percent in 2023 and a maximum of 35.24 percent in 1993. The latest value from 2023 is 7.91 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
Zambia - Youth unemployment - Recent values chart

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Zambia - Youth unemployment - historical chart - 1991-2023

We present the rate of youth unemployment for Zambia 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 7.05 2023 million people
 Unemployment rate 4.37 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 4.92 2023 percent
 Male unemployment 3.65 2023 percent
 Youth unemployment 7.91 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 59.56 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 44.79 2023 percent
 Female labor force participation 52.15 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 67.33 2023 percent
 Self-employment 73.02 2022 percent
 Informal employment 71.80 2019 percent
 Employment 3.10 Q3/2017 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 11.10 Q3/2018 percent
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