Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 20.23%, a 4.11% increase from 2020.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 16.12%, a 1.49% decline from 2019.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 17.61%, a 0.15% increase from 2018.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.47%, a 0.03% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Haiti 35.66%
Somalia 34.74%
Syrian Arab Republic 26.22%
Yemen 25.47%
Comoros 21.66%
South Sudan 20.97%
Afghanistan 20.23%
Tajikistan 17.38%
Mali 17.31%
Gambia 15.49%
Eritrea 14.62%
Guinea-Bissau 12.84%
Central African Republic 11.80%
Sierra Leone 10.77%
Democratic Republic of Congo 10.08%
Malawi 9.85%
Togo 9.71%
Nepal 9.50%
Guinea 8.24%
Mozambique 8.12%
Burkina Faso 7.72%
Zimbabwe 7.33%
North Korea 6.13%
Ethiopia 5.72%
Senegal 5.04%
Madagascar 4.82%
Tanzania 4.60%
Uganda 4.33%
Benin 3.92%
Burundi 3.39%
Liberia 3.23%
Rwanda 2.93%
Chad 2.44%
Niger 1.02%
Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 20.23% 4.11%
2020 16.12% -1.49%
2019 17.61% 0.15%
2018 17.47% 0.03%
2017 17.44% -0.02%
2016 17.46% -0.02%
2015 17.48% -0.09%
2014 17.57% -0.15%
2013 17.72% -0.28%
2012 18.00% 0.22%
2011 17.78% -0.47%
2010 18.25% 0.01%
2009 18.24% 0.25%
2008 17.98% -0.24%
2007 18.22% 0.27%
2006 17.95% -0.11%
2005 18.06% 0.23%
2004 17.83% -0.26%
2003 18.09% -0.23%
2002 18.32% 0.46%
2001 17.87% -0.10%
2000 17.97% -0.07%
1999 18.04% -0.04%
1998 18.08% -0.02%
1997 18.09% -0.26%
1996 18.35% -0.29%
1995 18.64% 0.56%
1994 18.09% -0.02%
1993 18.10% -0.16%
1992 18.26% 0.18%
1991 18.08% 0.18%