This report is based on the Sierra Leone Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), conducted in 2017 by Statistics
Sustainable Development Goal 8
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.
However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.
The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.
Sierra Leone Facts and Figures
GDP per capita (current USD)
Automated teller machines (per 100,000)
Labour force participation rate
Proportion of children (5-11 years) engaged in child labour
|Sierra Leone Indicators||Baseline||Source of baseline data (Date)||Current||Source Page Number||Source of Current Data (Date)||Targets|
|By End 2020||By End 2025||By End 2030|
|8.1.1 GDP per capita (current USD)||$582||World Bank (2015)||$500||N/A||World Bank (2017)||1041||1500|
|8.1.2 GDP growth||-20.60%||Stats SL (2015)||3.70%||N/A||National Account, Stats SL (2017)||20%|
|8.1.3 Automated teller machines (per 100,000)||0.40%||IMF (2012)||6.97||13.53||20.1|
|8.5.3 Labour force participation rate||65.00%||SL 2014 Labour Force Survey Report (2015)||75.00%||85.00%|
|8.7.1 Proportion of children (5-11 years) engaged in child labour||44.40%||SLDHS (2013)||29.30%||250||MICS6 (2017)||37.00%||29.60%||22.20%|