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

South Africa's unemployment rate slightly decreased to 26.6 percent in the June quarter of 2016 from 26.7 percent in the three months to March. The number of unemployed fell by 1.6 percent and employment went down 0.8 percent. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.31 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
26.60 26.70 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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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%
2016-07-28 10:30 AM Q2 26.6% 26.7% 25.6%
2016-11-01 09:30 AM Q3 26.6% 26.4%

South Africa Jobless Rate Edges Down to 26.6% in Q2


South Africa's unemployment rate slightly decreased to 26.6 percent in the June quarter of 2016 from 26.7 percent in the three months to March. The number of unemployed fell by 1.6 percent and employment went down 0.8 percent.

The number of unemployed persons slid by 1.6 percent to 5.6 million from 5.7 million in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, not economically active population rose by 2.5 percent to 15.4 million and discouraged work-seekers increased by 3.8 percent to 2.5 million. 

Employment went down 0.8 percent quarter-on-quarter to 15.5 million people.The largest losses were reported in mining (-5.1 percent), agriculture (-5 percent), transport (-4.4 percent), community and social services (-3.5 percent). In contrast, jobs were added in manufacturing (+4.1 percent), private househlods (+3.1 percent), construction (+1.9 percent) and utilities (+0.6 percent). 

In the second quarter of 2016, the labor force participation rate decreased to 57.9 percent from 58.7 percent in the previous period. 

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work increased slightly to 36.4 percent from 36.3 percent.

Statistics South Africa | Mojdeh Kazemi | mojdeh@tradingeconomics.com
7/28/2016 12:21:41 PM

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 26.60 26.70 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9273000.00 8992000.00 9273000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5634.00 5714.00 5714.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 57.90 58.70 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 147.30 146.50 147.30 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 17422.00 17517.00 17517.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 15492.00 15841.00 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 26400.00 25500.00 26400.00 25500.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 6880.00 6640.00 6880.00 6640.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 43.00 44.16 46.17 41.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3650.00 3630.00 3650.00 2700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 53.70 54.50 54.50 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 20100.00 19800.00 20100.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]




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