South Africa Unemployment Rate  2000-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

South Africa's unemployment rate came in at 27.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017, unchanged from the previous period's 13-year high. The number of unemployed fell by 37 thousand to 6.18 million while the number of employed declined by 113 thousand to 16.10 million. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.46 percent from 2000 until 2017, 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 Unchanged at 27.7% in Q2


South Africa's unemployment rate came in at 27.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017, unchanged from the previous period's 13-year high. The number of unemployed fell by 37 thousand to 6.18 million while the number of employed declined by 113 thousand to 16.10 million.

The number of unemployed persons decreased by 37 thousand to 6.18 million from 6.21 million in the first quarter. Employment dropped by 113 thousand to 16.10 million from 16.21 million in the previous period. Job losses occurred in the formal non-agricultural sector (-144 thousand), in agriculture (-40 thousand), and in private households (-8 thousand) but gains were recorded in the informal sector (80 thousand). 

The labour force declined by 150 thousand to 22.28 million from 22.43 million in Q1; and those detached from it rose by 306 thousand to 14.94 million from 14.63 million.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose slightly to 36.6 percent in the second quarter, from 36.4 percent in the previous period.

A year earlier, the jobless rate was recorded at at 26.6 percent. 

Statistics South Africa | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/7/2017 8:21:10 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-14 08:30 AM Q4 26.5% 27.1% 27.3%
2017-06-01 10:30 AM Q1 27.7% 26.5% 26.7%
2017-08-07 07:30 AM Q2 27.7% 27.7% 27.8%
2017-11-21 10:30 AM Q3 27.7% 28%


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.70 27.70 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9644000.00 9690000.00 9690000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6176.87 6214.11 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.90 60.50 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 142.40 140.00 142.40 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 18687.00 18502.00 18687.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 16270.00 16830.00 16830.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 55.91 54.96 55.91 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 [+]
Living Wage Family 10800.00 10434.30 10800.00 10434.30 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 7222.50 7054.90 7222.50 6716.40 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3650.00 3630.00 3650.00 2700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 55.90 54.30 55.90 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 20100.00 19800.00 20100.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 43.30 43.74 46.17 41.00 percent [+]


South Africa Unemployment Rate Notes

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 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
27.70 27.70 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2017 percent Quarterly



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