Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2016, South Africa had the highest total youth unemployment rate (53.63%), followed by Libya (49.89%), and then Eswatini (46.02%). Niger had the lowest total youth unemployment rate (0.65%) in Africa in 2016.

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 2016.

See also: Unemployment Rates of African Countries in 2016.

Data Source: World Bank.
Total Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016 (%)
Male Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016 (%)
Female Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016
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Country Total Unempl.(%) Male Unempl.(%) Female Unempl.(%)
Algeria 25.54 21.83 43.51
Angola 16.69 17.05 16.36
Benin 5.19 4.83 5.5
Botswana 35.64 29.33 42.98
Burkina Faso 8.34 6.82 10.41
Burundi 2.74 3.88 1.78
Cape Verde 31.07 28.58 34.4
Cameroon 5.96 5.53 6.46
Republic of Congo 21.99 22.68 21.31
Ivory Coast 3.8 2.84 5.19
Democratic Republic of the Congo 8.14 10.36 6.26
Djibouti 21.88 21.68 22.12
Central African Republic 6.91 6.85 6.97
Chad 3.21 3.66 2.75
Egypt 33.77 30.62 40.54
Equatorial Guinea 16 15.78 16.31
Eritrea 11.21 10.97 11.49
Eswatini 46.02 43.31 48.98
Ethiopia 3.33 2.48 4.29
Gabon 36.08 31.34 42.57
Gambia 12.77 9.21 17.13
Ghana 11.33 11.74 10.84
Guinea 5.3 6.46 4.4
Guinea-Bissau 4.85 4.99 4.71
Kenya 7.33 7.24 7.42
Lesotho 34.83 29.1 42.8
Liberia 2.31 2.41 2.2
Libya 49.89 41.49 69.52
Madagascar 3.27 3.63 2.9
Malawi 7.67 7.13 8.23
Mali 17.62 16.06 19.52
Mauritania 19.97 18.27 23.78
Mauritius 22.44 17.27 29.36
Morocco 22.36 22.17 22.97
Mozambique 7.06 7.26 6.87
Zambia 20.71 20.11 21.31
Zimbabwe 8.4 7.33 9.57
Tanzania 3.65 2.97 4.38
Uganda 2.6 2.06 3.17
Tunisia 36.01 34.64 39.17
Togo 6.44 7.06 5.9
Sudan 32.59 27.03 43.56
Somalia 20.49 20.13 21.67
South Africa 53.63 48.86 59.63
South Sudan 18.93 20.11 17.82
Sierra Leone 9.2 13.83 5.87
Senegal 7.95 7.3 8.93
Rwanda 1.86 1.34 2.36
Niger 0.65 0.83 0.38
Nigeria 12.48 9.66 16.2
Namibia 44.37 37.46 52.26
Comoros 18.75 18.93 18.46
Sao Tome and Principe 20.62 15.23 32.87

Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries

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