Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka increased to 4.60 percent in the second quarter of 2018 from 4.50 percent in the first quarter of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka averaged 7.88 percent from 1991 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 16.60 percent in the second quarter of 1992 and a record low of 3.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-01-03 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.5% 4.8%
2018-03-30 10:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.2% 4.2%
2018-06-29 11:10 AM Unemployment Rate 4.5% 4.0% 4.1%
2018-10-01 10:25 AM Unemployment Rate 4.6% 4.5% 4.4%
2018-12-28 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate 4.6% 4.3%
2019-01-03 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate
2019-03-30 10:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.5%


Sri Lanka Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.60 4.50 16.60 3.70 percent [+]
Employed Persons 7970154.00 7961358.00 8554179.00 4962105.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 381834.00 372135.00 953794.00 282648.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 51.10 52.00 54.70 46.90 percent [+]
Population 21.44 21.20 21.44 9.87 Million [+]
Wages High Skilled 57500.00 60800.00 60800.00 52900.00 LKR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 21500.00 23500.00 23500.00 21500.00 LKR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 22.50 21.80 38.10 15.40 percent [+]
Employment Rate 95.40 95.50 96.30 91.00 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 52100.00 52100.00 52100.00 52100.00 LKR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 29100.00 29100.00 29100.00 29100.00 LKR/Month [+]
Minimum Wages 10000.00 10000.00 10000.00 10000.00 LKR/Month [+]


Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate

In Sri Lanka, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.60 4.50 16.60 3.70 1991 - 2018 percent Quarterly




Country Last Previous
South Africa 27.50 Sep/18
Spain 14.55 Sep/18
Brazil 11.70 Oct/18
Turkey 11.10 Aug/18
Italy 10.60 Oct/18
Argentina 9.60 Jun/18
France 9.10 Sep/18
Euro Area 8.10 Oct/18
Saudi Arabia 6.00 Jun/18
Canada 5.60 Nov/18
Indonesia 5.34 Sep/18
Australia 5.00 Oct/18
Russia 4.70 Oct/18
United Kingdom 4.10 Oct/18
China 3.82 Sep/18
South Korea 3.80 Nov/18
Netherlands 3.70 Oct/18
United States 3.70 Nov/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.30 Oct/18
Mexico 3.20 Oct/18
Switzerland 2.50 Nov/18
Japan 2.40 Oct/18
Singapore 2.10 Sep/18


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