Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2021 was 5.40%, a 0.48% decline from 2020.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2020 was 5.88%, a 1.53% increase from 2019.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2019 was 4.35%, a 0.03% increase from 2018.
  • Sri Lanka unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.32%, a 0.27% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Djibouti 28.39%
Eswatini 25.76%
West Bank and Gaza 24.90%
Lesotho 24.60%
Republic of Congo 23.01%
Sudan 19.81%
Tunisia 16.82%
Sao Tome and Principe 15.91%
Cabo Verde 15.42%
Zambia 13.03%
Morocco 11.47%
Mauritania 11.46%
Georgia 10.66%
Nigeria 9.79%
Egypt 9.33%
Kyrgyz Republic 9.10%
Ukraine 8.88%
Angola 8.53%
Honduras 8.51%
Bolivia 8.51%
Uzbekistan 7.16%
Mongolia 7.08%
India 5.98%
Nicaragua 5.96%
El Salvador 5.94%
Kenya 5.74%
Sri Lanka 5.40%
Bangladesh 5.23%
Timor-Leste 5.07%
Ghana 4.70%
Indonesia 4.41%
Pakistan 4.35%
Bhutan 4.33%
Moldova 3.96%
Cameroon 3.87%
Papua New Guinea 2.75%
Philippines 2.41%
Vanuatu 2.18%
Myanmar 2.17%
Vietnam 2.17%
Lao PDR 1.26%
Solomon Islands 1.03%
Cambodia 0.61%
Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 5.40% -0.48%
2020 5.88% 1.53%
2019 4.35% 0.03%
2018 4.32% 0.27%
2017 4.05% -0.19%
2016 4.24% -0.28%
2015 4.52% 0.33%
2014 4.19% -0.05%
2013 4.24% 0.36%
2012 3.88% -0.24%
2011 4.12% -0.66%
2010 4.78% -1.07%
2009 5.85% 0.63%
2008 5.22% -0.75%
2007 5.97% -0.53%
2006 6.50% -1.17%
2005 7.67% -0.71%
2004 8.38% 0.16%
2003 8.22% -0.54%
2002 8.76% 0.86%
2001 7.90% 0.16%
2000 7.74% -1.14%
1999 8.88% -0.29%
1998 9.17% -1.43%
1997 10.60% -0.75%
1996 11.35% -0.92%
1995 12.27% -0.76%
1994 13.03% -0.79%
1993 13.82% -0.40%
1992 14.22% -0.44%
1991 14.66% -0.44%