Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2020 was 4.84%, a 0.57% increase from 2019.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2019 was 4.27%, a 0.05% decline from 2018.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.32%, a 0.27% increase from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.05%, a 0.19% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Cabo Verde 13.41%
Zambia 12.17%
Georgia 12.05%
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Mauritania 10.66%
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Ukraine 9.48%
Honduras 9.39%
Nigeria 9.01%
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El Salvador 6.98%
Uzbekistan 5.97%
Nicaragua 5.82%
Bolivia 5.61%
Bangladesh 5.30%
Timor-Leste 5.06%
Sri Lanka 4.84%
Moldova 4.71%
Pakistan 4.65%
Ghana 4.53%
Mongolia 4.33%
Indonesia 4.11%
Bhutan 3.74%
Cameroon 3.62%
Philippines 3.36%
Kenya 2.98%
Papua New Guinea 2.74%
Vietnam 2.27%
Vanuatu 1.95%
Myanmar 1.79%
Lao PDR 0.95%
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Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 4.84% 0.57%
2019 4.27% -0.05%
2018 4.32% 0.27%
2017 4.05% -0.19%
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% -0.66%
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%