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

The jobless rate in South Africa increased to 25.5 percent in the third quarter of 2015 from 25 percent in the previous period. The number of unemployed rose 3.6 percent while employment went up at a slower 1.1 percent and more people joined the labour force. 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
25.50 25.00 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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 25.5% 25.0% 25.2% 25.3%
2016-02-25 10:00 AM Q4 25.5% 25.5% 24.8%
2016-05-26 11:00 AM Q1 26%
2016-07-29 11:30 AM Q2 25%

South Africa Unemployment Rises in Q3


The jobless rate in South Africa increased to 25.5 percent in the third quarter of 2015 from 25 percent in the previous period. The number of unemployed rose 3.6 percent while employment went up at a slower 1.1 percent and more people joined the labour force.

The number of unemployed persons increased 3.6 percent to 5.4 million in the three months to September from 5.23 million in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, not economically active population declined 1.3 percent to 14.87 million and discouraged work-seekers decreased 8.5 percent to 2.2 million.

Employment rose 1.1 percent quarter-on-quarter to 15.83 million people, the six subsequent quarter of growth. The largest gains were observed in trade (+2.6 percent), construction (+4.2 percent) and agriculture (+3.2 percent). In contrast, job losses were recorded in utilities (-6.7 percent) and transport (-2.6 percent). 

In the third quarter of 2015, the labour force participation rate increased to 58.8 percent from 58.1 percent in the previous period. 

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work slowed to 34.4 percent from 34.9 percent.

Statistics South Africa | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
10/27/2015 10:57:14 AM

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 25.50 25.00 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8951000.00 8944000.00 8989000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5418.00 5230.00 5534.69 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.80 58.10 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 143.80 141.00 143.80 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 17387.00 16796.00 17387.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 15492.00 15342.00 15492.00 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 43.80 43.55 46.17 41.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3000.00 2800.00 3000.00 2700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 18700.00 18000.00 18700.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]




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