Sri Lanka Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2022 was 26.12%, a 5% increase from 2021.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 21.12%, a 0.15% increase from 2020.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 20.97%, a 0.59% increase from 2019.
  • Sri Lanka youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 20.38%, a 0.11% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Djibouti 77.19%
Eswatini 49.77%
Republic of Congo 40.77%
West Bank and Gaza 40.72%
Tunisia 37.13%
Sudan 34.45%
Cabo Verde 30.19%
Georgia 29.07%
Lesotho 26.66%
Sri Lanka 26.12%
Morocco 24.94%
India 23.22%
Sao Tome and Principe 22.74%
Mauritania 21.90%
Mongolia 19.37%
Angola 17.28%
Egypt 17.10%
Bhutan 14.67%
Uzbekistan 13.83%
Nigeria 13.44%
Kenya 13.35%
Timor-Leste 13.30%
Indonesia 13.02%
Bangladesh 12.93%
Honduras 12.27%
Pakistan 11.31%
Zambia 11.03%
Nicaragua 10.71%
El Salvador 8.96%
Kyrgyz Republic 8.88%
Moldova 8.11%
Bolivia 7.63%
Vietnam 7.44%
Ghana 7.14%
Cameroon 7.00%
Philippines 6.34%
Papua New Guinea 5.20%
Vanuatu 5.07%
Lao PDR 4.78%
Solomon Islands 2.82%
Cambodia 0.85%
Sri Lanka Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2022 26.12% 5.00%
2021 21.12% 0.15%
2020 20.97% 0.59%
2019 20.38% -0.11%
2018 20.49% 3.09%
2017 17.40% -2.68%
2016 20.07% 0.81%
2015 19.26% 0.47%
2014 18.79% 0.71%
2013 18.08% 1.23%
2012 16.85% 0.02%
2011 16.83% -1.89%
2010 18.72% -2.49%
2009 21.21% 2.42%
2008 18.79% -2.78%
2007 21.57% -0.67%
2006 22.24% -5.63%
2005 27.87% -0.60%
2004 28.47% 0.71%
2003 27.76% -1.04%
2002 28.80% 3.48%
2001 25.32% 1.37%
2000 23.95% -2.51%
1999 26.46% 0.50%
1998 25.96% -5.97%
1997 31.93% -1.27%
1996 33.20% -1.37%
1995 34.57% -0.09%
1994 34.65% -0.83%
1993 35.48% -0.45%
1992 35.93% -0.73%
1991 36.66% -0.73%