South Korea 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.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 7.78%, a 2.38% decline from 2020.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 10.15%, a 0.3% increase from 2019.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 9.86%, a 0.25% decline from 2018.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 10.11%, a 0.33% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
New Caledonia 40.97%
French Polynesia 38.91%
Spain 36.93%
Greece 36.87%
Uruguay 32.86%
Italy 30.92%
Bahamas 30.78%
Barbados 30.58%
Panama 29.96%
Argentina 29.89%
Saudi Arabia 28.84%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 27.02%
Kuwait 25.48%
Sweden 24.54%
Croatia 23.63%
Brunei 23.41%
Portugal 23.13%
Slovak Republic 21.47%
Chile 21.39%
France 20.09%
Belgium 19.57%
Lithuania 19.02%
Puerto Rico 18.47%
Finland 18.05%
Ireland 17.43%
Estonia 17.14%
Channel Islands 15.78%
Latvia 15.53%
Guam 15.31%
Luxembourg 15.23%
Hong Kong 14.97%
Oman 14.58%
Canada 14.04%
Slovenia 13.91%
Hungary 13.52%
Poland 13.42%
Iceland 13.36%
United Kingdom 13.23%
Norway 13.02%
Trinidad and Tobago 12.68%
Cyprus 11.83%
New Zealand 11.39%
Austria 11.37%
Australia 10.80%
UAE 10.67%
Denmark 10.13%
Bahrain 9.90%
Malta 9.78%
Netherlands 9.61%
United States 9.57%
Macao 9.24%
Singapore 9.12%
Switzerland 9.11%
Israel 8.79%
South Korea 7.78%
Czech Republic 7.62%
Germany 6.95%
Japan 4.36%
Qatar 1.08%
South Korea Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 7.78% -2.38%
2020 10.15% 0.30%
2019 9.86% -0.25%
2018 10.11% 0.33%
2017 9.78% -0.37%
2016 10.15% 0.25%
2015 9.90% 1.33%
2014 8.57% 0.65%
2013 7.91% 0.18%
2012 7.74% -0.57%
2011 8.31% -0.23%
2010 8.55% -0.69%
2009 9.24% 0.56%
2008 8.67% 0.82%
2007 7.86% -1.08%
2006 8.94% -0.42%
2005 9.37% -0.50%
2004 9.86% 0.38%
2003 9.48% 1.54%
2002 7.94% -1.43%
2001 9.37% -0.63%
2000 9.99% -3.89%
1999 13.89% -1.82%
1998 15.71% 8.26%
1997 7.45% 1.46%
1996 5.99% -0.14%
1995 6.13% -0.95%
1994 7.08% -1.66%
1993 8.74% 1.30%
1992 7.44% 0.31%
1991 7.13% 0.31%