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

South Africa's unemployment rate came in at 27.7 percent in the third quarter of 2017, the same as in the previous two quarters and remaining the highest rate in 13 years. The number of unemployed rose by 33 thousand to 6.21 million and the number of employed advanced by 92 thousand to 16.19 million. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.50 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 2004 High of 27.7%


South Africa's unemployment rate came in at 27.7 percent in the third quarter of 2017, the same as in the previous two quarters and remaining the highest rate in 13 years. The number of unemployed rose by 33 thousand to 6.21 million and the number of employed advanced by 92 thousand to 16.19 million.

The number of unemployed persons increased by 33 thousand to 6.21 million from 6.17 million in the second quarter. Employment rose by 92 thousand to 16.19 million from 16.10 million in the previous period. Job losses occurred in the informal sector (-71 thousand) and in agriculture (-25 thousand), but gains were recorded in the formal sector (187 thousand)

The labour force advanced by 125 thousand to 22.40 million from 22.28 million in Q2; and those detached from it rose by 31 thousand to 14.97 million from 14.94 million.

The expanded definition of unemployment, including people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 36.8 percent in the third quarter from 36.6 percent in the previous period.

A year earlier, the jobless rate was lower at 27.1 percent. 

Statistics South Africa | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
10/31/2017 10:38:55 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-06-01 10:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.7% 26.5% 26.7%
2017-08-07 07:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.7% 27.7% 27.8%
2017-10-31 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.70% 27.7% 28%
2018-02-13 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.7%
2018-06-01 10:30 AM Unemployment Rate
2018-08-07 07:30 AM Unemployment Rate


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.70 27.70 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9617000.00 9651000.00 9702000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6210.00 6177.00 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.90 59.90 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 145.30 141.80 145.30 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 19170.00 18687.00 19170.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 16680.00 16270.00 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 [+]
Wages High Skilled 21300.00 20200.00 21300.00 18900.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3950.00 4210.00 4210.00 3790.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 52.20 55.90 55.90 48.80 percent [+]
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 43.30 43.74 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 December 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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