Sri Lanka's unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in the second quarter 2012.
This latest data by the Department of Census & Statistics revealed that the estimated economically active population (or labour force) was about 8.3 million in Second Quarter 2012. Of which 67 percent were males and 33 percent were females. Out of the economically inactive population 29.5 percent were males and 70.5 percent were females.
Overall unemployment rate reported for female was 5.9 percent and it was 3.0 percent for male. Youth unemployment rate (age 15 – 24 yrs) reported for second quarter 2012 was 17.8 percent. Highest unemployment rate was reported from age group 15 – 24 yrs, for both males (15.7) and females (21.6).
Further the survey results revealed that the unemployment was severe among females than that of males, in all age groups.
The highest unemployment rate was reported from the G.C.E (A/L) and above group which was about 8.6 percent. These were 5.5 percent and 11.7 percent for males and females respectively. This shows the problem of unemployment is more acute in the case of educated females than educated males.
The field work of the survey for the second quarter 2012 was done in April, May and June in year 2012. Under the prevailing condition in Northern province, it was able to conduct the survey in that province successfully. So this report consists of summery statistics covering the whole country, states the Department of Census & Statistics.