Nigeria 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.
  • Nigeria youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 19.61%, a 0.06% decline from 2020.
  • Nigeria youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 19.67%, a 1.95% increase from 2019.
  • Nigeria youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 17.72%, a 1.55% increase from 2018.
  • Nigeria youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 16.18%, a 1.72% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Djibouti 79.91%
Eswatini 50.90%
Republic of Congo 42.33%
West Bank and Gaza 39.62%
Tunisia 38.32%
Lesotho 37.44%
Sudan 35.62%
Cabo Verde 34.30%
Georgia 28.30%
India 28.26%
Morocco 27.20%
Sri Lanka 26.06%
Zambia 26.05%
Egypt 24.25%
Mauritania 23.01%
Sao Tome and Principe 22.94%
Mongolia 21.01%
Nigeria 19.61%
Kyrgyz Republic 19.28%
Bhutan 18.75%
Angola 18.52%
Bolivia 17.44%
Ukraine 16.45%
Indonesia 16.05%
Uzbekistan 15.95%
Honduras 15.50%
Bangladesh 14.71%
Kenya 13.84%
Timor-Leste 13.84%
El Salvador 13.74%
Nicaragua 11.60%
Ghana 9.59%
Pakistan 9.41%
Moldova 8.60%
Philippines 7.31%
Vietnam 7.24%
Cameroon 6.64%
Myanmar 6.40%
Vanuatu 5.40%
Papua New Guinea 5.25%
Lao PDR 3.32%
Solomon Islands 1.93%
Cambodia 1.82%
Nigeria Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 19.61% -0.06%
2020 19.67% 1.95%
2019 17.72% 1.55%
2018 16.18% 1.72%
2017 14.45% 1.32%
2016 13.14% 4.92%
2015 8.22% -0.59%
2014 8.80% -0.97%
2013 9.77% 0.07%
2012 9.70% 0.12%
2011 9.58% 0.00%
2010 9.58% -0.01%
2009 9.59% -0.02%
2008 9.61% -0.01%
2007 9.61% -0.01%
2006 9.62% -0.01%
2005 9.63% 0.02%
2004 9.61% -0.02%
2003 9.63% 0.06%
2002 9.57% -0.09%
2001 9.66% -0.02%
2000 9.68% -0.03%
1999 9.71% 0.02%
1998 9.70% 0.00%
1997 9.70% 0.00%
1996 9.70% -0.06%
1995 9.76% -0.02%
1994 9.78% -0.01%
1993 9.79% 0.04%
1992 9.75% -0.06%
1991 9.81% -0.06%