Sierra Leone Population and Housing Census Thematic Reports on Economic Characteristics

No. of pages: 48

Publication date: 18 December 2017

Author: UNFPA Sierra Leone

Publisher: UNFPA Sierra Leone

The 2015 Sierra Leone Population and Housing Census shows that the number of economically active people has increased by nearly 1.5 million, from 2,621,773 in 2004 to 3,937,595 in 2015. However it also reveals that the economically active proportion of the working age population has fallen from about 86.5 per cent in 2004 to about 65 per cent. Unemployment has also increased from about 70,000 in 2004 to 109,034 in 2015. Only 7.1 per cent of the labour force (economically active population) is in paid employment and the data shows that about 21,000 of the labour force are new entrants.