Lesotho Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2020 was 24.65%, a 0.79% increase from 2019.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2019 was 23.86%, a 0.12% decline from 2018.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2018 was 23.98%, a 0.15% decline from 2017.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2017 was 24.13%, a 0.17% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Tunisia 16.69%
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Cabo Verde 13.41%
Zambia 12.17%
Georgia 12.05%
Djibouti 11.57%
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Ukraine 9.48%
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Nigeria 9.01%
Kyrgyz Republic 7.89%
Angola 7.70%
India 7.11%
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%
Solomon Islands 0.79%
Cambodia 0.31%
Lesotho Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 24.65% 0.79%
2019 23.86% -0.12%
2018 23.98% -0.15%
2017 24.13% -0.17%
2016 24.30% -0.10%
2015 24.40% -0.07%
2014 24.47% -0.11%
2013 24.58% -0.72%
2012 25.30% -0.74%
2011 26.04% -0.77%
2010 26.81% -0.69%
2009 27.50% -0.26%
2008 27.76% -0.89%
2007 28.65% -1.04%
2006 29.69% -1.09%
2005 30.78% -0.99%
2004 31.77% -0.95%
2003 32.72% -0.86%
2002 33.58% -0.77%
2001 34.35% -0.92%
2000 35.27% -0.96%
1999 36.23% -0.80%
1998 37.03% -0.91%
1997 37.94% -0.02%
1996 37.96% 0.00%
1995 37.96% -0.01%
1994 37.97% 0.09%
1993 37.88% 0.27%
1992 37.61% 0.17%
1991 37.44% 0.17%