South Africa Unemployment Rate  2000-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 26.7 percent in the three months to March of 2016 from 24.5 percent in the previous quarter and above market expectations of 25.3 percent. It was the highest reading since September 2005, as number of unemployed rose by 10 percent whereas employment fell 2.2 percent. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.29 percent from 2000 until 2016, 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. Unemployment Rate in South Africa is reported by the Statistics South Africa.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
26.70 24.50 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2016 percent Quarterly
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 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-10-27 09:30 AM Q3 25.5% 25.0% 25.2% 25.3%
2016-02-25 11:00 AM Q4 24.5% 25.5% 25.5% 24.8%
2016-05-09 09:30 AM Q1 26.7% 24.5% 25.3% 25.5%
2016-08-02 09:30 AM Q2 26.7% 25.6%
2016-11-01 09:30 AM Q3 26.3%

South Africa Jobless Rate at Nearly 11-Year High in Q1


The unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 26.7 percent in the three months to March of 2016 from 24.5 percent in the previous quarter and above market expectations of 25.3 percent. It was the highest reading since September 2005, as number of unemployed rose by 10 percent whereas employment fell 2.2 percent.

The number of unemployed persons increased by 10 percent to 5.7 million from 5.2 million in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, not economically active population edged down by 0.04 percent to 15.05 million and discouraged work-seekers went down by 7.5 percent to 2.4 million. 

Employment fell 2.2 percent quarter-on-quarter to 15.66 million people.The largest losses were reported in utilities (-9.9 percent), manufacturing (-5.8 percent), construction (-5.3 percent), trade(-3.6 percent) and private household (-3.3 percent). In contrast, job gains were observed in agriculture (+1.8 percent) and community and social services (+1.4 percent).


In the first quarter of 2016, the labor force participation rate increased to 58.7 percent from 58.5 percent in the previous period. 

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work went up to 36.3 percent from 33.8 percent.

Mojdeh | mojdeh@tradingeconomics.com
5/9/2016 11:36:25 AM

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 26.70 24.50 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8992000.00 8951000.00 8992000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5714.00 5193.00 5714.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.70 58.50 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 147.30 146.50 147.30 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 17517.00 17387.00 17517.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 15841.00 15492.00 15841.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 54.96 54.00 54.96 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 23800.00 23200.00 23800.00 23200.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 6410.00 6000.00 6410.00 6000.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 44.16 43.80 46.17 41.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3410.00 3000.00 3410.00 2700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 54.50 50.40 54.50 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 19900.00 18700.00 19900.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]




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