Sri Lanka: Self-employment

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 Sri Lanka

Self-employment, percent of total employment

 Latest value 42.15
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 42.37
 Min - Max 40.56 - 44.91
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Sri Lanka from 1991 to 2022. The average value for Sri Lanka during that period was 42.37 percent with a minimum of 40.56 percent in 2004 and a maximum of 44.91 percent in 2011. The latest value from 2022 is 42.15 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 179 countries is 40.56 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Sri Lanka - Self-employment - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Sri Lanka - Self-employment - historical chart - 1991-2022




Definition: Self-employed workers are those workers who, working on their own account or with one or a few partners or in cooperative, hold the type of jobs defined as a "self-employment jobs." i.e. jobs where the remuneration is directly dependent upon the profits derived from the goods and services produced. Self-employed workers include four sub-categories of employers, own-account workers, members of producers' cooperatives, and contributing family workers.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 8.79 2023 million people
 Unemployment rate 6.18 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 10.26 2023 percent
 Male unemployment 4.84 2023 percent
 Youth unemployment 26.71 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 50.93 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 33.18 2023 percent
 Female labor force participation 32.09 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 71.88 2023 percent
 Self-employment 42.15 2022 percent
 Informal employment 66.80 2019 percent
 Employment 8.01 Q3/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 4.70 Q3/2023 percent
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