Sri Lanka Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

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 21.23%, a 0.21% increase from 2018.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 21.02%, a 0.48% increase from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 20.55%, a 0.5% increase from 2016.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 20.05%, a 0.78% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Eswatini 46.55%
West Bank and Gaza 41.96%
Tunisia 36.26%
Lesotho 33.68%
Sudan 31.45%
Egypt 31.05%
Georgia 30.49%
Cabo Verde 28.01%
India 23.34%
Morocco 22.08%
Zambia 21.41%
Congo, Rep. 21.37%
Sri Lanka 21.23%
Djibouti 20.85%
Sao Tome and Principe 20.70%
Ukraine 18.83%
Indonesia 17.04%
Mongolia 16.31%
Angola 15.98%
Mauritania 14.77%
Kyrgyz Republic 14.35%
Nigeria 13.96%
Nicaragua 12.97%
Timor-Leste 12.63%
Moldova 12.49%
Bangladesh 11.87%
Uzbekistan 11.59%
Bhutan 10.50%
Honduras 10.28%
El Salvador 9.55%
Ghana 9.16%
Pakistan 8.88%
Vanuatu 8.76%
Vietnam 7.29%
Kenya 7.24%
Bolivia 6.91%
Philippines 6.19%
Cameroon 5.82%
Papua New Guinea 4.49%
Myanmar 4.00%
Lao PDR 1.71%
Cambodia 1.10%
Solomon Islands 1.07%
Sri Lanka Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 21.23% 0.21%
2018 21.02% 0.48%
2017 20.55% 0.50%
2016 20.05% 0.78%
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% -0.85%
2004 27.89% 0.45%
2003 27.43% -0.63%
2002 28.06% 2.84%
2001 25.23% 1.15%
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% -0.21%
1992 35.93% -0.55%
1991 36.48% -0.55%