South Africa Unemployment Rate 2000-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in South Africa decreased to 24.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 25.40 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.25 percent from 2000 until 2014, 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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South Africa Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
24.30 25.40 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2014 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. Content for - South Africa Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Thursday, April 2, 2015.


South Africa Unemployment Rate Declines to 24.3% in Q4


South Africa jobless rate decreased to 24.3 percent in the last three months of 2014 from 25.4 percent in the previous quarter. It is the lowest rate in a year as employment rose for the third consecutive quarter and the labour force decreased.

Between Q3 2014 and Q4 2014, the number of unemployed people decreased by 242 000 to 4.909 million. Yet, the labour force decreased by 39 000 to 20.22 million. The number of discouraged work-seekers decreased by 111 000 and the other (not economically active) group increased by 305 000, resulting in a net increase of 194 000 among the not economically active population. 

In the three months to December, the number of employed people increased by 203 000 to 15.32 million. Large quarterly gains were observed in the agriculture (56 000), construction (53 000) and trade (50 000) industries. Job losses were recorded in the utilities, mining and community and social services industries (15 000, 14 000 and 12 000 respectively).

Employment gains were recorded in seven of the nine provinces. The largest quarterly employment gains were observed in KwaZulu-Natal (101 000) and Gauteng (61 000) while job losses of 42 000 and 12 000 were respectively recorded in Eastern Cape and Western Cape. 

A year earlier, unemployment was recorded at 24.1 percent. Year-on-year, the number of unemployed rose by 79 000 in the fourth quarter of 2014 while employment increased by 143 thousand.

Statistics South Africa | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/10/2015 10:26:51 AM


Recent Releases

South Africa Unemployment Rate Marginally Unchanged
South African jobless rate was little changed at 25.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from 25.5 percent in the previous period. Yet, the number of people who stopped looking for a job increased 3.9 percent and the labor force participation rate fell 0.2 percent to 57.1 percent. Published on 2014-10-30

South Africa Unemployment Rate Rises in Q2
South African jobless rate increased for the second straight quarter to 25.5 percent in the three months to June, up from 25.2 percent in the preceding period. The number of unemployed persons increased to its highest level since 2008. Published on 2014-07-29


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-07-29 12:00 PM
Unemployment Rate  Q2
25.5% 25.2% 25.4% 24.7%
2014-10-30 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q3
25.4% 25.5% 25.6% 25.5%
2015-02-10 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q4
24.3% 25.4% 25.5% 25.7%
2015-05-04 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q1
24.3% 25%
2015-07-28 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q2
25.2%
2015-10-27 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q3
25.2%


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 24.30 25.40 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8989000.00 8540000.00 8989000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 4908.66 5150.99 5153.91 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.80 57.10 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Wages 14911.00 14795.00 14911.00 6742.00 ZAR [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 15184.00 14733.00 15184.00 6250.00 ZAR [+]
Labour Costs 376.50 366.60 376.50 3.20 Index Points [+]
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 [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Feb/15 6.40 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.90 Feb/15 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Feb/15 6.60 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Dec/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Feb/15 11.40 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.80 Feb/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.70 Feb/15 12.60 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Feb/15 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.33 Feb/15 4.51 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.10 Feb/15 7.20 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.80 Feb/15 5.50 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 Feb/15 3.40 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.50 Feb/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.90 Dec/14 10.70 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.70 Jan/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Feb/15 5.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]