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

The jobless rate in South Africa decreased to 24.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 25.5 percent in the previous period and below market expectations of 25.5 percent. It was the lowest reading since the last quarter of 2014, as number of unemployed went down by 4.2 percent to 5.2 million while employment went up at a slower 1.2 percent to 16 million. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.27 percent from 2000 until 2015, 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
24.50 25.50 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2015 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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-07-29 12:30 PM Q2 25.0% 26.4% 26.0% 25.8%
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%
2016-05-10 09:30 AM Q1 24.5% 25.5%
2016-07-29 11:30 AM Q2 24.8%
2016-10-27 08:30 AM Q3 24.9%

South Africa Jobless Rate Down to 24.5% in Q4


The unemployment rate in South Africa decreased to 24.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 25.5 percent in the previous period and below market expectations of 25.5 percent. It was the lowest reading since the last quarter of 2014, as number of unemployed went down by 4.2 percent to 5.2 million while employment went up at a slower 1.2 percent to 16 million.

The number of unemployed persons decreased 4.2 percent to 5.2 million in the three months to December from 5.4 million in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, not economically active population increased 1.3 percent to 15.06 million and discouraged work-seekers went up by 2.2 percent to 2.3 million.

Employment rose 1.2 percent quarter-on-quarter to 16.0 million people, the seventh subsequent quarter of growth. The largest gains were observed in mining (+8.4 percent), transport (+5.2 percent) and trade (+2.5 percent). In contrast, job losses were recorded in agriculture (-4.1 percent) and utilities (-2.9 percent). 

In the fourth quarter of 2015, the labour force participation rate declined to 58.5 percent from 58.8 percent in the previous period. 

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work decreased to 33.8 percent from 34.4 percent.

Statistics South Africa | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
2/25/2016 11:19:34 AM

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 24.50 25.50 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8992000.00 8951000.00 8992000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5193.00 5418.00 5534.69 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.50 58.80 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 146.50 143.80 146.50 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 54.00 52.98 54.00 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 [+]
Employment Rate 44.16 43.80 46.17 41.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3410.00 3000.00 3410.00 2700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 19900.00 18700.00 19900.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]




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Nicaragua 6.80 Dec/14
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Australia 5.70 Mar/16
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North Korea 4.10 Dec/14
China 4.05 Dec/15
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Liberia 3.80 Dec/14
South Korea 3.80 Mar/16
Uganda 3.80 Dec/13
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