Lesotho: Economy

Economic Trivia

The government is Lesotho's largest employer, and public expenditures account for 55% of GDP.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Data unavailable

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Food; Beverages; Textiles; Apparel Assembly

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Source: The World Bank

GDP, PPP (current international) $5,564,724,726 (2014)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.639% (2014)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $2,638 (2014)
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GDP Country Rank 160/193 (2014)

Economic Indicators Source: The World Bank

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 5.34% (2014)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $885,185,000 (2013)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 13.6% (2015)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 2.971% (2014)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 9.713% (2014)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($228,057,084) (2014)
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Labor and Employment Source: The World Bank

Labor Force, Total 889,178 (2014)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 12.1% (2008)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 41.7% (2008)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 45.5% (2008)
Unemployment Rate 26.2% (2014)
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Imports of goods and services (current US$) $2,245,176,953 (2013)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $896,612,599 (2013)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 143.64% (2014)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $46,521,786 (2014)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $27,532,604 (2014)
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How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Lesotho’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment

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