South Africa Unemployment Rate  2000-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 27.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018 from 26.7 percent in the previous period. The number of unemployed rose by 103 thousand to 6.08 million while the number of employed fell by 90 thousand to 16.29 million. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.57 percent from 2000 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 31.20 percent in the first quarter of 2003 and a record low of 21.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.

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South Africa Jobless Rate Rises to 27.2% in Q2


The unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 27.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018 from 26.7 percent in the previous period. The number of unemployed rose by 103 thousand to 6.08 million while the number of employed fell by 90 thousand to 16.29 million.

The number of unemployed persons went up by 102 thousand to 6.08 million from 5.98 million in the first quarter of the year. Employment fell by 90 thousand to 16.29 million from 16.38 million in the previous period. Job losses ocurred in the informal sector (-73 thousand), formal (-35 thousand) and in agriculture (-3 thousand) while gains were recorded in private households (22 thousand).

The labour force grew by 12 thousand to 22.37 million from 22.35 million in the prior quarter and those detached from jumped by 141 thousand to 15.46 million from 15.32 million.

The expanded definition of unemployment, including people who have stopped looking for work, increased to 37.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018 from 36.7 percent in the first quarter.

A year earlier, the jobless rate was higher at 27.7 percent.


Statistics South Africa | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
7/31/2018 9:54:35 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-13 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 26.7% 27.7% 27.7%
2018-05-15 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 26.7% 26.7% 28.0%
2018-07-31 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.2% 26.7% 26.7%
2018-10-31 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.2% 27.0%


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.20 26.70 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9838000.00 9797000.00 9838000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6100.00 6000.00 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.10 59.30 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 148.30 146.50 148.30 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 19858.00 20060.00 20060.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 17146.00 17595.00 17595.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 56.52 55.91 56.52 17.40 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 3950.00 4210.00 4210.00 3790.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 53.70 52.40 55.90 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 21300.00 20200.00 21300.00 18900.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 10300.00 10200.00 10300.00 9690.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 6460.00 6340.00 6460.00 6190.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 43.10 43.50 46.17 41.00 percent [+]


South Africa Unemployment Rate

In South Africa, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - South Africa Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
27.20 26.70 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2018 percent Quarterly




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