Unemployment Rate of Lesotho
Updated on February 12, 2022.

According to recent data from the World Bank, the total unemployment rate of Lesotho was 24.65% in 2020, a difference of +0.79 points from 2019; and the total labor force of Lesotho in 2020 was 967,513. The most recent figures on male and female unemployment rates were 20.31% and 28.13% respectively in 2019.

The World Bank defines unemployment rate as "the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment".

The chart and table below shows the total, male, and female unemployment rates of Lesotho for 1991-2020.

See also: Youth Unemployment Rate of Lesotho.

Data Source: World Bank.
Unemployment Rate of Lesotho (%)
Total
Male
Female
Unemployment Rate of Lesotho
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Year Total Unempl.(%) Male Unempl.(%) Female Unempl.(%)
1991 37.44 28.3 46
1992 37.61 28.44 46.61
1993 37.88 28.99 47.02
1994 37.97 29.19 47.35
1995 37.96 29.36 47.4
1996 37.96 29.15 47.59
1997 37.94 29.33 47.23
1998 37.03 28.92 45.62
1999 36.23 28.39 44.38
2000 35.27 27.51 43.32
2001 34.35 27.11 41.89
2002 33.58 26.84 40.66
2003 32.72 26.1 39.76
2004 31.77 25.62 38.4
2005 30.78 24.9 37.2
2006 29.69 24 35.96
2007 28.65 23.18 34.75
2008 27.76 22.48 33.73
2009 27.5 22.53 33.17
2010 26.81 21.85 32.55
2011 26.04 21.3 31.59
2012 25.3 20.84 30.61
2013 24.58 20.53 29.46
2014 24.47 20.48 29.29
2015 24.4 20.58 29.01
2016 24.3 20.55 28.83
2017 24.13 20.64 28.35
2018 23.98 20.4 28.28
2019 23.86 20.31 28.13
2020 24.65