Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka increased to 4.70 percent in the first quarter of 2019 from 4.60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Sri Lanka averaged 7.79 percent from 1991 until 2019, 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
2018-10-01 10:25 AM Unemployment Rate Q2 4.6% 4.5% 4.4%
2019-01-02 10:00 AM Unemployment Rate Q3 4.1% 4.6%
2019-04-01 07:45 AM Unemployment Rate Q4 4.6% 4.1% 4%
2019-06-28 11:00 AM Unemployment Rate Q1 4.7% 4.6% 5.00%
2019-09-30 11:00 AM Unemployment Rate Q2 4.7% 4.60%
2019-12-31 11:00 AM Unemployment Rate Q3 4.50%


Sri Lanka Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.70 4.60 16.60 3.70 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8182970.00 8088448.00 8554179.00 4962105.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 399784.00 389406.00 953794.00 282648.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 52.60 52.20 54.70 46.90 percent [+]
Population 21.67 21.44 21.67 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 95.30 95.40 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 August of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.70 4.60 16.60 3.70 1991 - 2019 percent Quarterly




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South Africa 29.00 Jun/19
Spain 14.02 Jun/19
Turkey 12.80 May/19
Brazil 12.00 Jun/19
Argentina 10.10 Mar/19
Italy 9.70 Jun/19
France 8.50 Jun/19
Euro Area 7.50 Jun/19
India 6.00 Dec/18
Canada 5.70 Jul/19
Saudi Arabia 5.70 Mar/19
Australia 5.20 Jul/19
Indonesia 5.01 Mar/19
Russia 4.40 Jun/19
South Korea 4.00 Jul/19
United Kingdom 3.90 Jun/19
United States 3.70 Jul/19
China 3.61 Jun/19
Mexico 3.60 Jun/19
Netherlands 3.40 Jul/19
Germany 3.10 Jun/19
Japan 2.30 Jun/19
Singapore 2.20 Jun/19
Switzerland 2.10 Jul/19


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