South Africa Unemployment Rate 2000-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in South Africa increased to 26.40 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from 24.30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. 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.

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South Africa Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
26.40 24.30 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. Content for - South Africa Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-10-30 09:30 AM Q3 25.4% 25.5% 25.6% 25.5%
2015-02-10 09:30 AM Q4 24.3% 25.4% 25.5% 25.7%
2015-05-26 12:00 PM Q1 26.4% 24.3% 25% 25%
2015-07-28 09:30 AM Q2 26.4% 25.2%
2015-10-27 09:30 AM Q3 25.2%


South Africa Unemployment Rate Jumps to 10-Year High


South Africa jobless rate increased to 26.4 percent in the first three months of 2015 from 24.3 percent in the precedent quarter. It is the highest rate since 2005, as unemployment rose 12.8 percent on quarter, while employment grew at a slower 0.9 percent.

In the three months to March, the number of unemployed people went up by 626 000 to 5.535 million, from 4.909 million in the previous quarter. The expanded unemployment rate, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, increased by 1.5 p.p. to 36.1 percent from 34.6 percent in Q4 2014. 

The labour force increased by 766 000 to 20.99 million . The number of discouraged job-seekers decreased by 6 000 and the other (not economically active) group fell by 605 000. 

In Q1 2015, the number of employed people increased by 140 000 to 15.46 million.  Large quarterly gains were observed in the finance (156 000), agriculture (150 000) and private households industries (69 000). Job losses were recorded in the trade, transport and community and social services industries (201 000, 53 000 and 51 000 respectively). 

A year earlier, unemployment was recorded at 25.2 percent. Year-on-year, the number of unemployed rose 9.2 percent (+468 000) while employment increased 2.7 percent (+405 000).

Statistics South Africa | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/26/2015 12:56:01 PM


Recent Releases

South Africa Unemployment Rate Declines to 24.3% in Q4
South Africa jobless rate decreased to 24.3 percent in the last three months of 2014 from 25.4 percent in the previous quarter. It is the lowest rate in a year as employment rose for the third consecutive quarter and the labour force decreased. Published on 2015-02-10

South Africa Unemployment Rate Marginally Unchanged
South African jobless rate was little changed at 25.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from 25.5 percent in the previous period. Yet, the number of people who stopped looking for a job increased 3.9 percent and the labor force participation rate fell 0.2 percent to 57.1 percent. Published on 2014-10-30


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 26.40 24.30 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 8989000.00 8540000.00 8989000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 5534.69 4908.66 5534.69 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.80 57.10 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Wages 14911.00 14795.00 14911.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 15184.00 14733.00 15184.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Labour Costs 376.50 366.60 376.50 3.20 Index Points [+]
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 [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.20 Apr/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.40 Apr/15 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Apr/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Mar/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Mar/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Mar/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.00 Mar/15 12.70 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Apr/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.80 Apr/15 5.90 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Apr/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.20 Feb/15 11.30 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Mar/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.40 Apr/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]