Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 1997
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 1997, Lesotho had the highest total youth unemployment rate (52.02%), followed by South Africa (51.93%), and then Eswatini (46.19%). Rwanda had the lowest total youth unemployment rate (0.8%) in Africa in 1997.

The World Bank defines youth unemployment rate as "the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment".

The charts and table below shows the total youth, male youth and female youth unemploment rates of African countries in 1997.

See also: Unemployment Rates of African Countries in 1997.

Data Source: World Bank.
Total Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 1997 (%)
Male Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 1997 (%)
Female Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 1997 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 1997
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Country Total Unempl.(%) Male Unempl.(%) Female Unempl.(%)
Algeria 42.64 43.28 39.73
Angola 8.67 11.1 6.4
Benin 1.26 1.65 0.77
Botswana 37.67 33.4 42.72
Burkina Faso 3.17 2.97 3.41
Burundi 3.12 4.24 2.1
Cape Verde 22 20.82 24
Cameroon 11.69 13.1 10.15
Republic of Congo 38.9 39.88 37.93
Ivory Coast 5.52 5.85 5
Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.78 6 3.8
Djibouti 19.1 19.99 18.05
Central African Republic 7.48 7.37 7.59
Chad 1.63 2.41 0.84
Egypt 23.66 16.33 42.05
Equatorial Guinea 16.18 15.62 16.97
Eritrea 11.02 10.49 11.62
Eswatini 46.19 42.68 50.31
Ethiopia 5.03 4 6.28
Gabon 39.33 36.81 43.38
Gambia 13.39 9.85 17.65
Ghana 12.08 11.4 12.77
Guinea 5.6 6.83 4.65
Guinea-Bissau 5 5.06 4.93
Kenya 6.62 6.95 6.31
Lesotho 52.02 40.17 65.42
Liberia 3.2 2.66 3.83
Libya 45.63 39.24 59.1
Madagascar 7.99 8.97 6.99
Malawi 8.34 8.03 8.59
Mali 4.78 4.73 4.86
Mauritania 14.13 13.61 15.12
Mauritius 24.87 22.77 28.61
Morocco 20.73 22.29 16.58
Mozambique 5.77 9.15 3.21
Zambia 22.32 21.32 23.4
Zimbabwe 14.46 17.5 10.87
Tanzania 5.83 5.72 5.95
Uganda 3.73 3.95 3.49
Tunisia 32.19 33.68 29.36
Togo 7.58 6.94 8.18
Sudan 28.01 27.52 28.87
Somalia 21.82 21.48 22.89
South Africa 51.93 47.9 57.71
South Sudan 19.42 20.95 17.95
Sierra Leone 5.09 7.05 3.54
Senegal 8.6 7.14 11.76
Rwanda 0.8 1.06 0.56
Niger 3.16 4.17 1.86
Nigeria 9.6 10.49 8.53
Namibia 45.95 42.71 49.48
Comoros 9.71 10.75 8.48
Sao Tome and Principe 21.04 18.39 27.16

Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries

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