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 2019 was 4.20%, a 0.08% increase from 2018.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.12%, a 0.06% decline from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.18%, a 0.06% decline from 2016.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2016 was 4.24%, a 0.28% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Lesotho 23.41%
Eswatini 22.08%
Sudan 16.54%
Tunisia 16.02%
Georgia 14.40%
Sao Tome and Principe 13.37%
Cabo Verde 12.25%
Zambia 11.43%
Egypt 10.76%
Djibouti 10.30%
Mauritania 9.55%
Congo, Rep. 9.47%
Morocco 9.02%
Ukraine 8.88%
Nigeria 8.10%
Angola 6.89%
Nicaragua 6.84%
Kyrgyz Republic 6.33%
Mongolia 6.01%
Uzbekistan 5.92%
Moldova 5.47%
Honduras 5.39%
India 5.36%
Indonesia 4.69%
Timor-Leste 4.55%
Pakistan 4.45%
Vanuatu 4.39%
Ghana 4.33%
Sri Lanka 4.20%
Bangladesh 4.19%
El Salvador 4.11%
Bolivia 3.50%
Cameroon 3.38%
Kenya 2.64%
Papua New Guinea 2.46%
Bhutan 2.34%
Philippines 2.15%
Vietnam 2.01%
Myanmar 1.58%
Cambodia 0.68%
Lao PDR 0.63%
Solomon Islands 0.58%
Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 4.20% 0.08%
2018 4.12% -0.06%
2017 4.18% -0.06%
2016 4.24% -0.28%
2015 4.52% 0.33%
2014 4.19% -0.05%
2013 4.24% 0.36%
2012 3.88% -0.24%
2011 4.12% -0.67%
2010 4.78% -1.07%
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% -0.79%
1993 13.82% -0.40%
1992 14.22% -0.44%
1991 14.66% -0.44%