Sri Lanka Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 20.79%, a 0.32% increase from 2018.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 20.47%, a 3.11% increase from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.36%, a 2.69% decline from 2016.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 20.05%, a 0.79% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Eswatini 46.22%
West Bank and Gaza 40.04%
Tunisia 35.78%
Lesotho 34.41%
Sudan 32.12%
Georgia 29.93%
Cabo Verde 27.82%
Egypt 26.54%
India 23.01%
Zambia 22.63%
Morocco 22.29%
Congo, Rep. 21.58%
Djibouti 21.57%
Mauritania 20.98%
Sri Lanka 20.79%
Sao Tome and Principe 20.06%
Nigeria 17.69%
Angola 16.26%
Mongolia 15.96%
Ukraine 15.53%
Kyrgyz Republic 14.79%
Indonesia 13.37%
Timor-Leste 12.31%
Bangladesh 12.13%
Uzbekistan 11.31%
Honduras 10.55%
Moldova 10.51%
Bhutan 10.03%
Nicaragua 9.94%
El Salvador 9.46%
Ghana 8.72%
Pakistan 7.81%
Kenya 7.17%
Bolivia 6.70%
Philippines 6.67%
Vietnam 6.64%
Cameroon 5.73%
Papua New Guinea 4.25%
Vanuatu 4.17%
Lao PDR 1.67%
Myanmar 1.50%
Solomon Islands 1.11%
Cambodia 0.37%
Sri Lanka Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 20.79% 0.32%
2018 20.47% 3.11%
2017 17.36% -2.69%
2016 20.05% 0.79%
2015 19.26% 0.45%
2014 18.81% 0.71%
2013 18.10% 1.25%
2012 16.85% 0.12%
2011 16.73% -1.78%
2010 18.51% -2.14%
2009 20.65% 2.38%
2008 18.27% -2.64%
2007 20.91% -0.67%
2006 21.58% -5.45%
2005 27.03% -0.86%
2004 27.89% 0.46%
2003 27.43% -0.50%
2002 27.93% 2.89%
2001 25.04% 0.97%
2000 24.07% -2.45%
1999 26.52% 0.48%
1998 26.04% -5.85%
1997 31.89% -1.25%
1996 33.14% -1.68%
1995 34.82% -0.45%
1994 35.27% -0.44%
1993 35.71% -0.04%
1992 35.75% -0.91%
1991 36.66% -0.91%