The unemployment rate in Sri Lanka decreased to 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from 4.2 percent in the same period of 2017. The number of unemployed persons fell by 11,352 to 346,998 in Q3 2018 and employed went down by 123,165 to 8,040,704. The number of employed in the agriculture sector rose slightly (25.3 percent vs 24.3 percent in Q3 2017) but declines were seen in manufacturing (28.7 percent vs 29.1 percent) and services (46 percent vs 46.6 percent). By genders, the overall jobless rate was higher for females (6.6 percent) than for males (2.8 percent). The youth unemployment rate, which comprises the age 15 – 24 years, was 19.6 percent (vs 18.3 percent in Q3 2017) and is the highest reported unemployment rate among all age groups. Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka averaged 7.85 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.