South Africa Unemployment Rate 2000-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in South Africa increased to 25.50 percent in the second quarter of 2014 from 25.20 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.27 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
25.50 25.20 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 Monday, September 1, 2014.


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.

Between the first and the second quarter of 2014, the number of unemployed persons increased by 87 000 to 5.2 million, the highest level since the inception of the Quarterly Labor Force Survey in 2008. The number of discouraged job-seekers increased by 64 000, while the other (not economically active group) decreased by 35 000, resulting in net increase of 29 000 in the not economically active group.

Employment increased by 39 000, largely due to an increase of 60 000 jobs in private households and 43 000 jobs in the informal sector. The agriculture sector lost 39 thousand jobs while employment in manufacturing fell by 60 thousand. 

Compared with a year earlier, the number of unemployed people increased by 182 000 in the second quarter of 2014. Among the not economically active population, the number of discouraged job-seekers decreased by 6 000, while the other (not economically active group) increased by 41 000.

Employment increased by 403 000, largely due to increases in community and social services, trade and private households (265 000, 92 000 and 75 000 respectively). Major job losses were observed in manufacturing (93 000) and agriculture (73 000). 

Statistics South Africa | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
7/29/2014 12:22:00 PM


Recent Releases

South Africa Unemployment Up to 25.2%
In the first quarter of 2014, South Africa’s jobless rate rose to 25.2 percent from 24.1 percent in the previous three months. There were 5.067 million people without work, up from 4.83 million in the preceding quarter, mainly due to job losses in agriculture, trade and transport. Published on 2014-05-05

South Africa Unemployment Rate Falls in Q4 2013
In the last quarter of 2013, South African jobless rate slowed for the second straight quarter to 24.1 percent, from a revised 24.5 percent in the previous period. The expanded definition of unemployment, including people who stopped looking for work, was recorded at 34 percent. Published on 2014-02-11


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2013-10-29 09:30 AM South Africa
Unemployment Rate
Q3 2013 24.7% 25.6% 25.4%
2014-02-11 09:30 AM South Africa
Unemployment Rate
Q4 2013 24.1% 24.5% (R) 24.6%
2014-05-05 10:30 AM South Africa
Unemployment Rate
Q1 2014 25.2% 24.10% 24.60%
2014-07-29 12:00 PM South Africa
Unemployment Rate
Q2 2014 25.5% 25.2% 25.4% 24.7%


Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 25.50 25.20 31.20 21.50 Percent [+]
Employed Persons 8507000.00 8495000.00 8512000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5153.91 5066.96 5153.91 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 57.30 57.20 60.80 53.60 Percent [+]
Wages 403843000.00 423197000.00 423197000.00 14639220.00 ZAR THO [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 49363000.00 54857000.00 54857000.00 11800149.00 ZAR THO [+]
Labour Costs 349.70 352.60 352.60 3.20 Index Points [+]
Population 52.98 52.27 52.98 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 6.40 Jul/14 6.00 10.90 4.00 Percent [+]
Brazil 4.90 Apr/14 5.00 13.10 4.30 Percent [+]
Canada 7.00 Jul/14 7.10 13.10 2.90 Percent [+]
China 4.10 Jun/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 Percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Jul/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 Percent [+]
France 10.10 Feb/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 Percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Jul/14 5.00 14.20 0.40 Percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 Percent [+]
Indonesia 5.70 Feb/14 6.17 11.24 2.00 Percent [+]
Italy 12.60 Jul/14 12.30 12.80 5.90 Percent [+]
Japan 3.80 Jul/14 3.70 5.60 1.00 Percent [+]
Mexico 5.47 Jul/14 4.80 5.93 2.22 Percent [+]
Netherlands 8.20 Jul/14 8.40 8.80 3.40 Percent [+]
Russia 4.90 Jul/14 4.90 14.10 4.90 Percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Jul/14 3.60 7.10 2.90 Percent [+]
Spain 24.47 May/14 25.93 26.94 4.41 Percent [+]
Switzerland 2.90 Jul/14 2.90 5.40 1.60 Percent [+]
Turkey 8.80 May/14 9.00 16.10 8.00 Percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.40 Jun/14 6.50 12.00 3.40 Percent [+]
United States 6.20 Jul/14 6.10 10.80 2.50 Percent [+]





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