The number of unemployed persons in South Africa increased to 6209.39 Thousand in the third quarter of 2018 from 6082.50 Thousand in the second quarter of 2018. Unemployed Persons in South Africa averaged 4868.36 Thousand from 2001 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 6214.11 Thousand in the first quarter of 2017 and a record low of 3873 Thousand in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Unemployed Persons in South Africa is expected to be 6610.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployed Persons in South Africa to stand at 6196.76 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Unemployed Persons is projected to trend around 6670.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-13 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 5.9M 6.2M 6.2M
2018-05-15 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6M 5.9M 6.2M
2018-07-31 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6.1M 6M 5.9M
2018-10-30 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6.2M 6.1M 6.3M
2019-02-13 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6610
2019-05-15 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6109.64
2019-07-31 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6119.90


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.50 27.20 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9748000.00 9817000.00 9817000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6209.39 6082.50 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.50 59.10 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 150.80 148.30 150.80 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 20176.00 19858.00 20176.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 17674.00 17146.00 17674.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 57.73 56.84 57.73 17.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 60.00 60.00 60.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 60.00 60.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 4380.00 3960.00 4380.00 3840.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 52.80 53.70 55.90 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 22600.00 20300.00 22600.00 19000.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 11300.00 10700.00 11300.00 10700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 6570.00 6140.00 6570.00 6140.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 43.10 43.10 46.17 41.00 percent [+]


South Africa Unemployed Persons

In South Africa, unemployed persons are individuals who are without a job and actively seeking to work. This page provides - South Africa Unemployed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Unemployed Persons - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6209.39 6082.50 6214.11 3873.00 2001 - 2018 Thousand Quarterly
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Argentina 1239.00 Jun/18
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Canada 1124.80 Nov/18
China 968.00 Sep/18
Euro Area 13080.00 Oct/18
France 3425.90 Oct/18
Germany 2186.11 Nov/18
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Indonesia 6871264.00 Dec/18
Italy 2746.18 Oct/18
Japan 1680.00 Oct/18
Mexico 1934278.00 Sep/18
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Russia 3.61 Oct/18
Saudi Arabia 847917.00 Jun/18
Singapore 106.90 Dec/17
South Africa 6209.39 Sep/18
South Korea 1100.00 Oct/18
Spain 3196.95 Nov/18
Switzerland 107315.00 Oct/18
Turkey 3670.00 Aug/18
United Kingdom 967.70 Oct/18
United States 5975.00 Nov/18


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