Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2012
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2012, Eswatini had the highest total youth unemployment rate (51.57%), followed by South Africa (51.39%), and then Libya (49.56%). Madagascar had the lowest total youth unemployment rate (1%) in Africa in 2012.

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 2012.

See also: Unemployment Rates of African Countries in 2012.

Data Source: World Bank.
Total Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2012 (%)
Male Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2012 (%)
Female Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2012 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2012
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Country Total Unempl.(%) Male Unempl.(%) Female Unempl.(%)
Algeria 27.55 24.93 39.08
Angola 16.94 17.08 16.8
Benin 5.44 5.09 5.75
Botswana 35.73 29.56 43
Burkina Faso 7.36 5.09 10.46
Burundi 2.91 4.04 1.95
Cape Verde 26.65 25.07 28.95
Cameroon 6.21 5.46 7.08
Republic of Congo 22.35 23.13 21.59
Ivory Coast 10.08 10.38 9.62
Democratic Republic of the Congo 8.42 10.67 6.51
Djibouti 21.63 21.65 21.61
Central African Republic 7.24 7.14 7.34
Chad 2.94 3.44 2.43
Egypt 34.46 28 53.05
Equatorial Guinea 16.24 15.76 16.95
Eritrea 11.3 11.05 11.58
Eswatini 51.57 48.36 54.66
Ethiopia 3.45 2.58 4.45
Gabon 36.15 31.25 42.91
Gambia 12.92 9.2 17.51
Ghana 12.53 12.07 13.07
Guinea 5.46 6.62 4.53
Guinea-Bissau 4.97 5.14 4.78
Kenya 7.45 7.38 7.52
Lesotho 35.95 29.49 44.92
Liberia 2.51 2.37 2.69
Libya 49.56 41.58 68.08
Madagascar 1 0.98 1.02
Malawi 7.84 7.29 8.41
Mali 8.81 6.22 12.18
Mauritania 15.09 14.09 17.19
Mauritius 23.29 18.38 30.1
Morocco 18.67 18.49 19.2
Mozambique 7.1 7.79 6.45
Zambia 16.44 16.69 16.19
Zimbabwe 8.52 7.5 9.62
Tanzania 6.21 5.16 7.31
Uganda 5.32 4.69 6
Tunisia 38.52 36.75 42.34
Togo 3.4 3.92 2.93
Sudan 32.57 27.42 42.92
Somalia 21.08 20.7 22.38
South Africa 51.39 47.45 56.23
South Sudan 19.12 20.41 17.88
Sierra Leone 8.38 12.24 5.46
Senegal 11.47 8.46 16.62
Rwanda 1.82 1.42 2.22
Niger 3.86 2.79 5.4
Nigeria 9.68 9.65 9.71
Namibia 34.25 29.43 39.97
Comoros 16.87 17.31 16.23
Sao Tome and Principe 20.82 15.4 33.11

Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries

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