South Africa Unemployed Persons  2001-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The number of unemployed persons in South Africa decreased to 5780.80 Thousand in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 5873 Thousand in the third quarter of 2016. Unemployed Persons in South Africa averaged 4644.26 Thousand from 2001 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 5873 Thousand in the third quarter of 2016 and a record low of 3873 Thousand in the fourth quarter of 2008.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-28 10:30 AM Q2 5.63M 5.71M 5.5M
2016-11-22 10:30 AM Q3 5.873M 5.63M 5.6M
2017-02-14 08:30 AM Q4 5.781M 5.873M 5.8M
2017-05-09 09:30 AM Q1 5.781M 6.1M
2017-07-25 10:30 AM Q2 6M
2017-11-21 10:30 AM Q3 6.2M




South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 26.50 27.10 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9690000.00 9282000.00 9690000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5780.80 5873.00 5873.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.20 59.10 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 139.90 154.20 155.50 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 High Skilled 20100.00 19800.00 20100.00 17900.00 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 [+]
Employment Rate 43.54 43.08 46.17 41.00 percent [+]


South Africa Unemployed Persons Notes

In South Africa, unemployed persons are individuals who are without a job and actively seeking to work. This page provides - South Africa Unemployed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Unemployed Persons - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5780.80 5873.00 5873.00 3873.00 2001 - 2016 Thousand Quarterly
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