Lesotho Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2019 was 23.41%, a 0.57% decline from 2018.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2018 was 23.97%, a 0.16% decline from 2017.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2017 was 24.13%, a 0.17% decline from 2016.
  • Lesotho unemployment rate for 2016 was 24.30%, a 0.09% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
West Bank and Gaza 26.17%
Lesotho 23.41%
Eswatini 22.08%
Sudan 16.54%
Tunisia 16.02%
Georgia 14.40%
Sao Tome and Principe 13.37%
Cabo Verde 12.25%
Zambia 11.43%
Egypt 10.76%
Djibouti 10.30%
Mauritania 9.55%
Congo, Rep. 9.47%
Morocco 9.02%
Ukraine 8.88%
Nigeria 8.10%
Angola 6.89%
Nicaragua 6.84%
Kyrgyz Republic 6.33%
Mongolia 6.01%
Uzbekistan 5.92%
Moldova 5.47%
Honduras 5.39%
India 5.36%
Indonesia 4.69%
Timor-Leste 4.55%
Pakistan 4.45%
Vanuatu 4.39%
Ghana 4.33%
Sri Lanka 4.20%
Bangladesh 4.19%
El Salvador 4.11%
Bolivia 3.50%
Cameroon 3.38%
Kenya 2.64%
Papua New Guinea 2.46%
Bhutan 2.34%
Philippines 2.15%
Vietnam 2.01%
Myanmar 1.58%
Cambodia 0.68%
Lao PDR 0.63%
Solomon Islands 0.58%
Lesotho Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 23.41% -0.57%
2018 23.97% -0.16%
2017 24.13% -0.17%
2016 24.30% -0.09%
2015 24.39% -0.08%
2014 24.47% -0.11%
2013 24.58% -0.72%
2012 25.30% -0.74%
2011 26.04% -0.77%
2010 26.81% -0.65%
2009 27.46% -0.20%
2008 27.67% -0.88%
2007 28.55% -1.08%
2006 29.64% -1.15%
2005 30.78% -1.00%
2004 31.79% -0.98%
2003 32.77% -0.86%
2002 33.63% -0.74%
2001 34.37% -0.90%
2000 35.27% -0.96%
1999 36.23% -0.78%
1998 37.00% -0.94%
1997 37.94% -0.04%
1996 37.98% 0.04%
1995 37.93% 0.02%
1994 37.92% 0.05%
1993 37.86% 0.29%
1992 37.57% 0.15%
1991 37.43% 0.15%