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

Unemployment Rate in South Africa decreased to 25 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from a ten-year high of 26.40 percent in the first quarter of 2015. 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.

South Africa Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
25.00 26.40 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. Content for - South Africa Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Thursday, September 3, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-02-10 09:30 AM Q4 24.3% 25.4% 25.5% 25.7%
2015-05-26 12:00 PM Q1 26.4% 24.3% 25% 25%
2015-07-29 12:30 PM Q2 25.0% 26.4% 26.0% 25.8%
2015-10-27 09:30 AM Q3 25.0% 25.28


South Africa Unemployment Rate Falls in Q2


The jobless rate in South Africa decreased to 25 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from a ten-year high of 26.4 percent in the previous period, as more stopped looking for a job and employment went up 1.3 percent.

The number of unemployed persons fell 5.5 percent to 5.23 million in the three months to June from 5.35 million in the previous quarter. Yet, there were 2.43 million discouraged work-seekers (1.6 percent more than in Q1) and 15 million people detached from the labour force (1.8 percent more than in Q1). 

Employment rose 1.3 percent quarter-on-quarter to 15.66 million people. The largest gains were observed in community and social services (98 000), construction (79 000) and trade (73 000). In contrast, job losses were recorded in finance, manufacturing and agriculture (31 000, 23 000 and 22 000 respectively). The non-agricultural formal sector gained 39 thousand jobs while employment in the informal sector increased for the fifth consecutive quarter by 177 thousand. 

In the second quarter of 2015, the labour force participation rate decreased to 58.1 percent from 58.6 percent in the previous period. 

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work slowed to 34.9 percent from 36.1 percent.

Statistics South Africa | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
7/29/2015 12:57:38 PM


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South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 25.00 26.40 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8942000.00 8989000.00 8989000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5230.00 5534.69 5534.69 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.10 58.60 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Wages 14911.00 14795.00 14911.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 14912.00 15184.00 15184.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Labour Costs 141.70 139.10 141.70 1.10 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 Jul/15 6.00 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 7.50 Jul/15 6.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Jul/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 10.90 Jul/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jul/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.00 Jul/15 12.50 13.00 5.80 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 Jul/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.72 Jul/15 4.41 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.80 Jul/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.30 Jul/15 5.40 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Jul/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jul/15 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.30 May/15 9.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Jun/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jul/15 5.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]