Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System

Youth unemployment rate (15-24 years)

Indicator definition

The indicator is defined as the share of unemployed persons aged 15-24 years of all persons of that age group in the labour force.

Indicator importance

This indicator should be viewed to as an “early warning indicator” for potential future social exclusion, and as such is included in the EU SDS set of indicators.


In 2006, some capital/metropolitan regions had the worst youth unemployment levels (Barcelona, Madrid, London, Rome, Athens, Berlin, Stockholm etc.). Only in Poland, Spain and UK youth unemployment was spread more largely. Two years later the situation was much worsened in Spain and improved in Poland. In BSR, only Berlin, Stockholm and Västsverige (surrounding Gothenburg) regions had 26% or higher indicator value both in 2006 and 2008. The only remarkable change is decreasing of the indicator for a number of Polish regions.