Lesotho Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2022 was 18.04%, a 0.25% decline from 2021.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2021 was 18.29%, a 0.17% decline from 2020.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2020 was 18.46%, a 1.58% increase from 2019.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2019 was 16.88%, a 0.04% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Sudan 18.73%
Lesotho 18.04%
Tunisia 16.12%
Sao Tome and Principe 15.32%
Cabo Verde 13.57%
Georgia 11.31%
Mauritania 11.11%
Morocco 10.49%
Angola 10.21%
Mongolia 8.25%
India 7.33%
Honduras 7.10%
Egypt 6.96%
Sri Lanka 6.71%
Pakistan 6.42%
Zambia 6.13%
Uzbekistan 6.01%
Nigeria 5.76%
Nicaragua 5.57%
Kenya 5.50%
Timor-Leste 4.86%
Bangladesh 4.70%
Kyrgyz Republic 4.57%
Bolivia 4.42%
Cameroon 4.00%
Ghana 3.87%
El Salvador 3.82%
Bhutan 3.60%
Indonesia 3.55%
Papua New Guinea 2.75%
Lao PDR 2.63%
Moldova 2.28%
Philippines 2.24%
Vanuatu 2.09%
Vietnam 1.92%
Solomon Islands 1.54%
Cambodia 0.36%
Lesotho Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2022 18.04% -0.25%
2021 18.29% -0.17%
2020 18.46% 1.58%
2019 16.88% -0.04%
2018 16.92% -0.07%
2017 16.99% 0.16%
2016 16.83% -0.03%
2015 16.85% -0.05%
2014 16.90% -0.01%
2013 16.92% 0.10%
2012 16.81% -0.06%
2011 16.87% 0.00%
2010 16.87% -0.18%
2009 17.05% 0.17%
2008 16.88% -0.05%
2007 16.93% -0.01%
2006 16.94% -0.03%
2005 16.97% -0.05%
2004 17.02% 0.07%
2003 16.96% -0.11%
2002 17.06% 0.07%
2001 17.00% 0.00%
2000 17.00% -0.10%
1999 17.10% 0.02%
1998 17.08% 0.05%
1997 17.03% 0.04%
1996 16.99% -0.06%
1995 17.06% 0.07%
1994 16.99% -0.07%
1993 17.06% 0.09%
1992 16.97% 0.00%
1991 16.98% 0.00%