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

The jobless rate in South Africa went up to 27.1 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from 26.6 percent in the previous period, reaching the highest since 2004. Employment rose faster than unemployment but more people joined the labour force, bringing the participation rate up to its highest since 2002. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.35 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.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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%
2016-11-22 10:30 AM Q3 27.1% 26.6% 26.4%
2017-02-14 10:30 AM Q4 27.1% 26.3%
2017-02-24 11:00 AM Q4
2017-05-09 09:30 AM Q1




South Africa Unemployment Rate Rises to 12-1/2-Year High


The jobless rate in South Africa went up to 27.1 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from 26.6 percent in the previous period, reaching the highest unemployment rate since 2004. Employment rose faster than unemployment while more people joined the labour force, bringing the participation rate up to its highest since 2002.

The number of unemployed persons increased by 239 thousand to 5873 thousand. 21.7 million people were employed, 288 thousand more than in the previous quarter. Job gains occurred in construction (+104 thousand to 1.49 million); trade (+61 thousand to 3.19 million); transport (+53 thousand to 915 thousand); agriculture (+56 thousand to 881 thousand) and utilities (+7 thousand to 118 thousand) while losses were recorded in manufacturing (-28 thousand to 1.68 million), private households (-15 thousand to 1.28 million) and mining (-9 thousand to 438 thousand)

More people joined the labour force (+527 thousand to 21.7 million), bringing the participation rate up to 59.1 percent. 15 million were detached from the labour force, 368 thousand less than in the previous quarter.

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

A year earlier, the jobless rate was lower at 25.5 percent. 

Statistics South Africa | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
11/22/2016 11:06:35 AM



South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.10 26.60 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9218000.00 9285000.00 9288000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5873.00 5634.00 5873.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.10 57.90 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 155.50 147.30 155.50 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 18045.00 17422.00 18045.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 15920.00 15492.00 15920.00 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 [+]
Wages High Skilled 20100.00 19800.00 20100.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]
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 [+]
Employment Rate 42.48 43.03 46.17 41.00 percent [+]



South Africa Unemployment Rate Notes

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 December of 2016.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
27.10 26.60 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2016 percent Quarterly



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