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

The unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 27.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017 from 26.5 percent in the previous period. It is the highest jobless rate since the first quarter of 2004 as unemployment rose faster than employment and more people joined the labour force. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.41 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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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-11-22 10:30 AM Q3 27.1% 26.6% 26.4%
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%
2017-07-25 10:30 AM Q2 27.7% 27.4%
2017-11-21 10:30 AM Q3 27.8%




South Africa Jobless Rate At 13-Year High Of 27.7%


The unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 27.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017 from 26.5 percent in the previous period. It is the highest jobless rate since the first quarter of 2004 as unemployment rose faster than employment and more people joined the labour force.

The number of unemployed persons rose by 433 thousand to 6.2 million, the highest since at least 2001. Employment went up by 144 thousand to 16.2 million. Job gains occurred in the formal non-agricultural sector (181 thousand) and in private households (21 thousand) but losses were recorded in the informal sector (-14 thousand) and in agriculture (-44 thousand). 

The labour force increased by 577 thousand to 22.42 million and those detached from it fell by 421 thousand to 14.63 million.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 36.4 percent from 35.6 percent.

A year earlier, the jobless rate was lower at 26.7 percent. 

Statistics South Africa | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/1/2017 11:06:53 AM



South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.70 26.50 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9690000.00 9282000.00 9690000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6214.11 5780.80 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.50 59.20 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 142.40 139.90 155.50 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 18502.00 18104.00 18502.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 16830.00 16376.00 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 25500.00 10434.30 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 7222.50 7054.90 7222.50 6640.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3650.00 3630.00 3650.00 2700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 50.90 54.20 54.50 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 20100.00 19800.00 20100.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 43.74 43.54 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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
27.70 26.50 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2017 percent Quarterly



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