Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka decreased to 4.60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021 from 5.20 percent in the third quarter of 2021, the lowest jobless rate in the country since the fourth quarter of 2018. source: Department of Census and Statistics - Sri Lanka

Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka averaged 7.55 percent from 1991 until 2021, 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. This page provides - Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2022.

Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka is expected to be 5.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 4.50 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Sri Lanka Unemployment Rate



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-12-31 11:00 AM Q3 5.2% 5.1% 4.9%
2022-03-31 11:00 AM Q4 4.6% 5.2% 4.9%
2022-10-05 11:00 AM Q2


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 4.60 5.20 percent Dec 2021
Employed Persons 8146367.00 8043868.00 Dec 2021
Unemployed Persons 432463.00 491587.00 Jun 2021
Population 21.92 21.90 Million Dec 2020
Youth Unemployment Rate 23.80 24.20 percent Dec 2021

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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.60 5.20 16.60 3.70 1991 - 2021 percent Quarterly