South Africa Unemployment Rate  2000-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The unemployment rate in South Africa fell to 26.5 percent in the last three months of 2016 after reaching a 12-1/2-year high of 27.1 percent in the previous period. Employment rose while unemployment fell and more people continued to join the labour force, bringing the participation rate up to a new high since 2002. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.37 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)
2016-07-28 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 08:30 AM Q4 26.5% 27.1% 27.3%
2017-06-01 10:30 AM Q1 26.5% 26.7%
2017-07-25 10:30 AM Q2 27.4%
2017-11-21 10:30 AM Q3 27.8%




South Africa Unemployment Rate Down To 26.5%


The jobless rate in South Africa fell to 26.5 percent in the last three months of 2016 after reaching a 12-1/2-year high of 27.1 percent in the previous period. Employment rose while unemployment fell and more people continued to join the labour force, bringing the participation rate up to a new high since 2002.

The number of unemployed persons went down by 92 thousand to 5.781 million. 16.069 million people were employed, 235 thousand more than in the previous quarter. Job gains occurred in community and social services (73 thousand to 3.571 million); transport (46 thousand to 0.961 million); manufacturing (44 thousand to 1.727 million); agriculture (38 thousand to 0.919 million); trade (24 thousand to 3.222 million); private households (17 thousand to 1.299 million); utilities (13 thousand to 0.131 million) and finance and buisness services (6 thousand to 2.329 million). In contrast, job losses were recorded in mining (-17 thousand to 0.421 million) and construction (-9 thousand to 1.483 million). 

More people joined the labour force (143 thousand to 21.849 million), bringing the participation rate up to 59.2 percent from 59.1 percent. 15.055 million were detached from the labour force, 12 thousand more than in the previous quarter.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, declined to 35.6 percent from 36.3 percent.

A year earlier, the jobless rate was lower at 24.5 percent. 

Statistics South Africa | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/14/2017 9:22:26 AM



South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 26.50 27.10 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9690000.00 9282000.00 9690000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5780.80 5873.00 5873.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.20 59.10 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 139.90 154.20 155.50 1.10 Index Points [+]
Wages 18502.00 18104.00 18502.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 16830.00 16376.00 16830.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 55.91 54.96 55.91 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 10800.00 10434.30 25500.00 10434.30 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 7222.50 7054.90 7222.50 6640.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 3650.00 3630.00 3650.00 2700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 50.90 54.20 54.50 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 20100.00 19800.00 20100.00 17900.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 43.54 43.08 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 May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
26.50 27.10 31.20 21.50 2000 - 2016 percent Quarterly



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