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Youth employment trends

Where is youth unemployment the highest?

Youth unemployment has fallen considerably since the height of the crisis in 2009. However, youth unemployment rates are still higher than pre-crisis levels in much of the world. This chart shows how those rates vary from region to region.

YEARS

2008

2018

Increase

Decrease

Highest

29.7

28.6

26.4

24.4

19.5

17.8

16

16

0

Arab

States

Northern

Africa

Latin

America and

the Caribbean

Northern,

Southern and

Western Europe

17.4

16.6

14.2

14.3

13.1

13.5

12.2

12.3

0

Central and

Western Asia

Eastern

Europe

World

South-East

Asia and

the Pacific

Lowest

12.6

11.6

11.2

11.1

10.9

10.5

10

10

0

Eastern

Asia

Sub-Saharan

Africa

Northern

America

Southern

Asia

YEARS

2008

2018

Increase

Decrease

13.1

12.3

World

Highest

29.7

26.4

0

Arab

States

Lowest

10.5

10

Eastern

Asia

28.6

24.4

19.5

16

Northern

Africa

Latin

America and

the Caribbean

17.8

17.4

16.6

16

Central and

Western Asia

Northern,

Southern and

Western Europe

14.2

14.3

13.5

12.2

Eastern

Europe

South-East

Asia and

the Pacific

12.6

11.6

11.2

11.1

Northern

America

Sub-Saharan

Africa

10.9

10

Southern

Asia