The number of unemployed persons in South Africa decreased to 6100 Thousand in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 6200 Thousand in the third quarter of 2018. Unemployed Persons in South Africa averaged 4892.33 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 6180.00 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 6150.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Unemployed Persons is projected to trend around 6450.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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
2019-02-12 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6.1M 6.2M 6.0M
2019-05-14 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6.1M 6.2M
2019-07-30 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6.2M
2019-10-29 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons 6.3M


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.10 27.50 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9733000.00 9748000.00 9817000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6100.00 6200.00 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.40 59.50 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 150.90 150.80 150.90 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 20860.00 20176.00 20860.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 18344.00 17674.00 18344.00 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 54.70 52.80 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 February of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6100.00 6200.00 6214.11 3873.00 2001 - 2018 Thousand Quarterly
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