Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.40%, a 0.22% increase from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.18%, a 0.19% decline from 2016.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2016 was 4.37%, a 0.3% decline from 2015.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2015 was 4.67%, a 0.27% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Eswatini 22.48%
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Georgia 14.11%
Sao Tome and Principe 13.32%
Sudan 12.88%
Cabo Verde 12.28%
Egypt 11.44%
Djibouti 11.12%
Congo, Rep. 10.38%
Mauritania 10.31%
Ukraine 9.38%
Kenya 9.31%
Morocco 9.04%
Angola 7.25%
Zambia 7.21%
Kyrgyz Republic 7.17%
Ghana 6.71%
Mongolia 6.32%
Nigeria 6.03%
Vanuatu 5.41%
Uzbekistan 5.22%
Nicaragua 4.48%
Sri Lanka 4.40%
El Salvador 4.39%
Bangladesh 4.31%
Indonesia 4.30%
Honduras 4.08%
Moldova 3.41%
Cameroon 3.36%
Bolivia 3.26%
Pakistan 3.04%
Timor-Leste 3.00%
India 2.55%
Philippines 2.52%
Papua New Guinea 2.37%
Bhutan 2.20%
Vietnam 1.89%
Solomon Islands 1.79%
Myanmar 1.56%
Cambodia 1.05%
Lao PDR 0.61%
Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 4.40% 0.22%
2017 4.18% -0.19%
2016 4.37% -0.30%
2015 4.67% 0.27%
2014 4.40% -0.04%
2013 4.44% 0.56%
2012 3.88% -0.23%
2011 4.11% -0.83%
2010 4.94% -0.91%
2009 5.85% 0.63%
2008 5.22% -0.75%
2007 5.97% -0.53%
2006 6.50% -1.17%
2005 7.67% -0.71%
2004 8.38% 0.16%
2003 8.22% -0.54%
2002 8.76% 0.86%
2001 7.90% 0.16%
2000 7.74% -1.14%
1999 8.88% -0.29%
1998 9.17% -1.43%
1997 10.60% -0.75%
1996 11.35% -0.92%
1995 12.27% -0.76%
1994 13.03% -0.78%
1993 13.81% -0.41%
1992 14.22% -0.44%
1991 14.66% -0.44%