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Youth unemployment has a serious impact on the economic development of a country. In Ethiopia, the intensity of urban youth unemployment problem is high. The persistent high urban unemployment in the country continues to be a cause of concern. The main objective of this study was to identify the demographic and socioeconomic determinants of urban youth unemployment in west Hararghe zone, Oromia national regional state of Ethiopia. To carry out the study, primary data were collected from 396 randomly selected sample youth respondents. To analyze the collected data, the study used logistic regression model. The findings revealed that migration status, marital status, health status, family support, educational level, access to training, work
experience and monthly family income were the significant determinants of urban youth unemployment in the study area. The study highlights the importance of changing youth’s attitude towards work; capacitating youths through short term and long-term training; providing health care services; and improving the living conditions of urban households through expanding economic activity and employment opportunities in the area.