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

South Africa's unemployment rate came in at 26.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018, unchanged from the previous period. The number of unemployed increased by 100 thousand to 5.98 million and the number of employed rose by 207 thousand to 16.38 million. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.54 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 Steady at 26.7% in Q1


South Africa's unemployment rate came in at 26.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018, unchanged from the previous period. The number of unemployed increased by 100 thousand to 5.98 million and the number of employed rose by 207 thousand to 16.38 million.

The number of unemployed persons jumped by 100 thousand to 5.98 million from 5.88 nillion in the fourth quarter of 2017. Employment grew by 207 thousand to 16.38 million from 16.17 million in the prior period. Jobs gains occurred in formal sector (111 thousand), informal (93 thousand) and in private household (5 thousand) while losses were recorded in agriculture (-3 thousand).

The labour force edged up by 307 thousand to 22.36 million from 22.05 million in the fourth quarter and those detached from it declined by 154 thousand to 15.32 million from 15.47 million.

The expanded definition of unemployment, including people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 36.7 percent in the first quarter of the year from 36.3 percent in the previous quarter.

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


Statistics South Africa | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
5/15/2018 9:53:27 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-10-31 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.70% 27.7% 28%
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%
2018-08-07 07:30 AM Unemployment Rate 26.7% 27.8%
2018-10-31 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 27.0%


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 26.70 26.70 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9797000.00 9716000.00 9797000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6000.00 5900.00 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.30 58.80 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 146.50 146.40 146.50 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 20004.00 19608.00 20004.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 17595.00 17023.00 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 52.40 51.10 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 43.30 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 May of 2018.

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




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