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.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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%
2019-01-02 10:00 AM Unemployment Rate 4.1% 4.6%
2019-03-30 10:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.1% 4.50%
2019-06-29 11:10 AM Unemployment Rate 5.00%
2019-10-01 10:25 AM Unemployment Rate 4.60%


Sri Lanka Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.60 16.60 3.70 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8040704.00 7970154.00 8554179.00 4962105.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 346998.00 381834.00 953794.00 282648.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 51.80 51.10 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 19.60 22.50 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 January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.10 4.60 16.60 3.70 1991 - 2018 percent Quarterly




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South Africa 27.50 Sep/18
Spain 14.55 Sep/18
Brazil 11.60 Nov/18
Turkey 11.60 Oct/18
Italy 10.50 Nov/18
France 9.10 Sep/18
Argentina 9.00 Sep/18
Euro Area 7.90 Nov/18
Saudi Arabia 6.00 Jun/18
Canada 5.60 Dec/18
Indonesia 5.34 Sep/18
Australia 5.10 Nov/18
Russia 4.80 Nov/18
United Kingdom 4.00 Nov/18
United States 3.90 Dec/18
China 3.80 Dec/18
South Korea 3.80 Dec/18
Netherlands 3.60 Dec/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Mexico 3.40 Dec/18
Germany 3.30 Nov/18
Switzerland 2.70 Dec/18
Japan 2.50 Nov/18
Singapore 2.10 Sep/18


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