Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2017, South Africa had the highest total youth unemployment rate (53.53%), followed by Libya (49.94%), and then Eswatini (46.05%). Niger had the lowest total youth unemployment rate (0.63%) in Africa in 2017.

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 2017.

See also: Unemployment Rates of African Countries in 2017.

Data Source: World Bank.
Total Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017 (%)
Male Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017 (%)
Female Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017
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Country Total Unempl.(%) Male Unempl.(%) Female Unempl.(%)
Algeria 29.56 26.17 45.68
Angola 16.51 16.84 16.21
Benin 5.07 4.74 5.35
Botswana 35.61 29.33 42.92
Burkina Faso 8.07 7.32 9.08
Burundi 2.7 3.86 1.71
Cape Verde 32.07 29.4 35.55
Cameroon 5.87 5.47 6.33
Republic of Congo 21.77 22.72 20.83
Ivory Coast 5.38 4.58 6.35
Democratic Republic of the Congo 7.97 10.19 6.1
Djibouti 21.74 21.59 21.91
Central African Republic 6.77 6.72 6.82
Chad 3.2 3.58 2.82
Egypt 32.95 29.56 40.17
Equatorial Guinea 15.78 15.59 16.07
Eritrea 11.1 10.88 11.36
Eswatini 46.05 43.3 49.09
Ethiopia 3.26 2.42 4.22
Gabon 35.82 31.24 42.15
Gambia 12.63 8.99 17.06
Ghana 8.84 9.11 8.53
Guinea 5.24 6.55 4.23
Guinea-Bissau 4.75 4.91 4.59
Kenya 7.25 7.21 7.29
Lesotho 34.63 29.14 42.25
Liberia 2.24 2.34 2.12
Libya 49.94 41.59 69.51
Madagascar 3.21 3.56 2.84
Malawi 7.56 7.01 8.13
Mali 17.06 15.42 19.15
Mauritania 21.23 19.28 25.67
Mauritius 23.65 18.32 30.68
Morocco 22.42 22.21 23.04
Mozambique 6.92 7.13 6.72
Zambia 21.62 20.74 22.52
Zimbabwe 8.31 7.28 9.46
Tanzania 3.59 2.92 4.31
Uganda 2.54 1.99 3.12
Tunisia 35.92 34.69 38.79
Togo 9.17 11.69 6.95
Sudan 32.4 26.87 43.23
Somalia 20.22 19.87 21.38
South Africa 53.53 49.12 58.92
South Sudan 18.74 20.01 17.55
Sierra Leone 9.1 13.8 5.75
Senegal 7.84 7.19 8.82
Rwanda 1.77 1.3 2.24
Niger 0.63 0.81 0.37
Nigeria 13.91 11.3 17.24
Namibia 41.02 37.63 44.97
Comoros 18.58 18.83 18.2
Sao Tome and Principe 20.43 15.06 32.59

Youth Unemployment Rate of African Countries

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