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Unemployment Rate and Employment Data in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Unemployment Data

Indicator Data Period
Unemployment Rate 4.6 % 2Q/22
Youth Unemployment Rate 23.8 % 4Q/21
Employed Persons 8388531 Person | 8.389 Million Person 1Q/22
Employment Rate  95.4 % 2Q/22
Unemployed Persons 373272 Persons | 0.373 Million Persons 1Q/22


Latest data on Unemployment Rate (%)

Unemployment Rate
                     Sri Lanka - Historical Data (%)

What is Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka?

  • Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka increased to 4.6 % in the second quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 16.6 % and minimum was 3.7 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Department of Census and Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
4.6 2Q/22 05.10.2022
4.3 1Q/22 13.08.2022
4.6 4Q/21 31.03.2022
5.2 3Q/21 18.01.2022
5.1 2Q/21 05.10.2021
5.7 1Q/21 12.08.2021
5.2 4Q/20 24.04.2021
5.8 3Q/20 27.03.2021


Historical Chart by prime ministers (%)

Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka by prime ministers

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End
Ranil Wickremesinghe 09.02.2015 - 4.7000 4.0000 5.1000 4.0000 -14.89%
D. M. Jayaratne 21.04.2010 - 09.02.2015 5.4000 4.4000 5.4000 3.7000 -18.52%
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake 19.11.2005 - 21.04.2010 7.2000 5.1000 7.2000 5.1000 -29.17%


Latest data on Youth Unemployment Rate (%)

Youth Unemployment Rate
                     Sri Lanka - Historical Data (%)

What is Youth Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka?

  • Youth Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka decreased to 23.8 % in the forth quarter of 2021. The maximum rate was 38.1 % and minimum was 15.4 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Department of Census and Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
23.8 4Q/21 06.04.2022
30 2Q/21 18.01.2022
25.7 4Q/20 28.07.2021
27.7 2Q/20 22.10.2020
23.3 3Q/19 02.03.2020
20 2Q/19 29.10.2019
19.6 3Q/18 02.01.2019
22.5 2Q/18 27.11.2018


Historical Chart by prime ministers (%)

Youth Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka by prime ministers

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End
Ranil Wickremesinghe 09.02.2015 - 20.4000 17.4000 21.7000 15.4000 -14.71%
D. M. Jayaratne 21.04.2010 - 09.02.2015 20.7000 21.2000 21.7000 15.7000 2.42%
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake 19.11.2005 - 21.04.2010 25.2000 19.8000 25.2000 17.4000 -21.43%


Latest data on Employed Persons (Person)

Employed Persons
                     Sri Lanka - Historical Data (Person)

How many employed persons are in Sri Lanka?

  • Number of Employed Persons in Sri Lanka increased to 8388531 Person (8.389 Million Person) in the first quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 8554179 Person and minimum was 4962105 Person.
  • Data published Quarterly by Department of Census and Statistics.

Historical Data (Person) by years

Data
Period
Date
8388531 1Q/22 13.08.2022
8146367 4Q/21 06.04.2022
8082393 2Q/21 18.01.2022
8031233 4Q/20 24.04.2021
7967695 3Q/20 27.03.2021
7977000 2Q/20 21.10.2020
8020446 1Q/20 18.07.2020
8181442 4Q/19 31.03.2020


Historical Chart by prime ministers (Person)

Employed Persons in Sri Lanka by prime ministers

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End


Latest data on Employment Rate  (%)

Employment Rate 
                     Sri Lanka - Historical Data (%)

What is Employment Rate in Sri Lanka?

  • Employment Rate in Sri Lanka decreased to 95.4 % in the second quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 96.3 % and minimum was 91 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Central Bank.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
95.4 2Q/22 05.10.2022
94.8 3Q/21 14.03.2022
94.9 2Q/21 18.01.2022
94.3 1Q/21 12.08.2021
95.4 4Q/21 22.02.2021
94.3 1Q/20 02.08.2020
94.9 3Q/19 03.03.2020
95.1 2Q/19 29.10.2019


Historical Chart by QoQ prime ministers (%)

Employment Rate  in Sri Lanka by prime ministers

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End


Latest data on Unemployed Persons (Persons)

Unemployed Persons
                     Sri Lanka - Historical Data (Persons)

How many Unemployed Persons are in Sri Lanka?

  • Number of Unemployed Persons in Sri Lanka decreased to 373272 Persons (0.373 Million Persons) in the first quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 953794 Persons and minimum was 282648 Persons.
  • Data published Quarterly by Department of Census and Statistics.

Historical Data (Persons) by years

Data
Period
Date
373272 1Q/22 24.09.2022
432463 2Q/21 18.01.2022
441997 4Q/20 15.05.2021
458359 2Q/20 21.10.2020
483172 1Q/20 19.09.2020
387460 4Q/19 03.05.2020
437797 3Q/19 08.02.2020
420231 2Q/19 29.10.2019


Historical Chart by prime ministers (Persons)

Unemployed Persons in Sri Lanka by prime ministers

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End

Other labor indicators in Sri Lanka

Index Updated Actual Previous
Minimum Wages 2022 34.218 USD/Month 34.218
Labor Force Participation Rate 2Q/22 50.1 % 51.2
Living Wage Individual 2018 156.285 USD/Month 156.285
Wages High Skilled 2018 308.81 USD/Month 326.533
Wages Low Skilled  2018 115.468 USD/Month 126.209

Unemployment Rate in other countries

Country Updated Actual Previous
Bangladesh 2021 5.2 % 5.3
Jordan 2Q/22 22.6 % 22.8
Kyrgyzstan Jul/22 2.8 % 2.9
Mongolia 4Q/21 8.1 % 7.4
Nepal 2020 4.44 % 2.85
Palestine 2Q/22 24 % 25
Tajikistan Dec/20 7.5 % 2.1
Cambodia 2021 0.61 % 0.33
China 2Q/22 5.3 % 5.4
Georgia 2021 20.6 % 18.5
India 2022 6.4 % 8.3
Israel Aug/22 3.4 % 3.4
Pakistan 2021 6.5 % 4.4
South Korea Aug/22 2.5 % 2.9
Taiwan Aug/22 3.67 % 3.68
Vietnam 1Q/22 2.46 % 3.56
Maldives 2021 6.1 % 6.3
Armenia 1Q/22 14.8 % 14.5
Hong Kong Aug/22 4.1 % 4.3
Indonesia 1Q/22 5.83 % 6.49
Japan Aug/22 2.5 % 2.6
Kazakhstan Jun/22 4.9 % 4.9
Lebanon 2020 6.6 % 6
Macau Aug/22 4.3 % 4.1
Malaysia Jul/22 3.7 % 3.8
Philippines 2Q/22 5.3 % 5.2
Qatar 1Q/22 0.1 % 0.1
Singapore 2Q/22 2.1 % 2.2
Sri Lanka 2Q/22 4.6 % 4.3
Thailand Jun/22 1.37 % 1.53
Oman 2021 3.1 % 2.9
Iran 2Q/22 9.2 % 9.4
Laos 2021 1.3 % 1
Azerbaijan 2021 6 % 6.27
Kuwait 2020 2.3 % 2.41
Saudi Arabia 2Q/22 5.8 % 6
Bahrain 2020 4.9 % 4
North Korea 2021 2.6 % 2.9
United Arab Emirates 2021 3.9 % 6.7
Yemen 2021 13.6 % 13.42
Turkmenistan 2020 4.38 % 3.9
Uzbekistan 2018 6.9 % 7.2
Iraq 2021 14.2 % 13.74
Syria 2020 9 % 8.2
Afghanistan 2021 13.3 % 11.2
Bhutan 2020 5 % 2.7
Brunei 2020 7.4 % 6.8
Mauritius 2Q/22 8.1 % 8.7