During first quarter of 2019, the total number of employed persons in Sri Lanka is estimated at about 8.2 million.Of which, about 47.1 percent engaged in Service sector, 28.3 percent in Industries sector and 24.7 percent in Agriculture sector.
Compared to 1st quarter 2018 in 1st quarter 2019 an increase in employment numbers can be observed in Service and Industry sectors. Majority of the workforce are private sector employees followed by own account workers.
Highest employment share is in service sector and this is true for both male & female, while the lowest shares are for agriculture sector. Among employed females 26.5 percent is in agriculture sector while this share is 23.7 percent for males.The number of unemployed persons is estimated as 399,784 during the first quarter 2019. The unemployment rate for the first quarter 2019 is 4.7 percent. Overall unemployment rate reported for female is 6.9 percent and it is 3.4 percent for male.