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Unemployment Rate and Employment Data in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Unemployment Data

Indicator Data Period
Unemployment Rate 5.8 % 3Q/20
Youth Unemployment Rate 27.7 % 2Q/20
Employed Persons 7967695 Person | 7.968 Million Person 3Q/20
Employment Rate  94.6 % 4Q/21
Unemployed Persons 458359 Persons | 0.458 Million Persons 2Q/20


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 5.8 % in the third quarter of 2020. 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
5.8 3Q/20 27.03.2021
5.4 2Q/20 21.10.2020
5.7 1Q/20 18.07.2020
4.5 4Q/19 31.03.2020
5.1 3Q/19 31.12.2019
4.9 2Q/19 29.10.2019
4.7 1Q/19 28.06.2019
4.6 4Q/18 30.03.2019


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 increased to 27.7 % in the second quarter of 2020. 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
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
21.8 1Q/18 05.09.2018
17.4 4Q/17 19.06.2018
18.3 3Q/17 16.01.2018


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 decreased to 7967695 Person (7.968 Million Person) in the third quarter of 2020. 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
7967695 3Q/20 27.03.2021
7977000 2Q/20 21.10.2020
8020446 1Q/20 18.07.2020
8181442 4Q/19 31.03.2020
8155341 3Q/19 11.01.2020
8203018 2Q/19 29.10.2019
8088448 4Q/18 04.07.2019


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 increased to 94.6 % in the forth quarter of 2021. The maximum rate was 96.3 % and minimum was 91 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Central Bank.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
94.6 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
95.3 1Q/19 04.07.2019


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 458359 Persons (0.458 Million Persons) in the second quarter of 2020. 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
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
389406 4Q/18 04.07.2019


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 2021 52.372 USD/Month 52.372
Labor Force Participation Rate 3Q/20 51 % 50.2
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 2020 5.3 % 4.2
Jordan 4Q/20 24.7 % 23.9
Kyrgyzstan Dec/20 3 % 3
Mongolia 4Q/20 7.6 % 7.3
Nepal 2020 4.44 % 2.85
Palestine 4Q/20 23.4 % 28.5
Tajikistan Nov/19 2.1 % 2.1
Cambodia 2019 2.4 % 0.1
China 1Q/21 5.3 % 5.5
Georgia 2020 18.5 % 17.6
India 2021 6.5 % 6.9
Israel Feb/21 5.1 % 4.6
Pakistan 2020 4.4 % 4.1
South Korea Mar/21 3.9 % 4
Taiwan Feb/21 3.73 % 3.75
Vietnam 4Q/20 2.37 % 2.5
Maldives 2020 6.4 % 6.1
Armenia 4Q/20 16 % 18.1
Hong Kong Feb/21 7.2 % 7
Indonesia 3Q/20 7.07 % 4.99
Japan Feb/21 2.9 % 2.9
Kazakhstan Dec/20 4.9 % 5
Lebanon 2020 6.6 % 6
Macau Feb/21 2.9 % 2.7
Malaysia Feb/21 4.8 % 4.9
Philippines 1Q/21 8.7 % 8.7
Qatar 2Q/20 0.1 % 0.1
Singapore 4Q/20 3.3 % 3.6
Sri Lanka 3Q/20 5.8 % 5.4
Thailand Dec/20 1.5 % 2
Oman 2020 5 % 1.8
Iran 3Q/20 9.5 % 9.8
Laos 2020 1 % 0.6
Azerbaijan 2019 4.8 % 5.2
Kuwait 2020 2.3 % 2.41
Saudi Arabia 4Q/20 7.4 % 8.5
Bahrain 2020 4.9 % 4
North Korea 2019 3.3 % 3.3
United Arab Emirates 2020 5 % 2.64
Yemen 2020 13.42 % 12.9
Turkmenistan 2019 3.9 % 3.8
Uzbekistan 2018 6.9 % 7.2
Iraq 2020 13.74 % 12.76
Syria 2020 9 % 8.2
Afghanistan 2020 11.2 % 11.1
Bhutan 2019 2.7 % 3.4
Brunei 2019 9.1 % 8.9
Mauritius 4Q/20 10.4 % 10.6