South Africa Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Sep 2019
Actual
29.1 %
Forecast
N/A
Previous
29 %
Frequency
Quarterly
Units In
%
Next Release
N/A
Time to Release
N/A
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Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
30.4 %
Sep 2002
21.5 %
Dec 2008
25.73 %2000 - 2019Statistics South Africa
In South Africa, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

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The unemployment rate in South Africa edged up to 29.1 percent in the Q3 2019, its highest level since comparable data began in Q1 2008, matching market expectations. The number of unemployed rose by 78 thousand to 6.73 million while employment increased by 62 thousand to 16.38 million.

South Africa Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Oct 29, 201911:45South Africa Jobless Rate Steady at Over 11-Year High
Jul 30, 201910:18South Africa Jobless Rate Highest since 2003
May 14, 201911:13South Africa Jobless Rate at 1-1/2-Year High of 27.6%

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South Africa labour Indicators

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Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Employment Rate
42.4
Sep 2019
42.44
Jun 2019
41
Mar 2004
46.17
Dec 2008
%Quarterly2000 - 2019
Living Wage Individual
6,570
Dec 2018
6,140
Dec 2017
6,140
Dec 2017
6,570
Dec 2018
ZAR/MonthYearly2015 - 2018
Labor Force Participation Rate
59.9
Sep 2019
59.8
Jun 2019
53.6
Dec 2010
60.8
Mar 2001
%Quarterly2001 - 2019
Labour Costs
157
Mar 2019
156.2
Dec 2018
1
Mar 1970
157
Mar 2019
Index PointsQuarterly1970 - 2019
Population
58.78
Jun 2019
57.73
Jun 2018
17.46
Dec 1960
58.78
Jun 2019
MillionYearly1960 - 2019
Living Wage Family
11,300
Dec 2018
10,700
Dec 2017
10,700
Dec 2017
11,300
Dec 2018
ZAR/MonthYearly2015 - 2018

Unemployment Rate across Africa

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Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Algeria
11.7
Sep 2018
11.1
Apr 2018
9.8
Mar 2014
29.5
Sep 2000
%Quarterly1999 - 2018
Angola
30.7
Sep 2019
29
Jun 2019
19.9
Dec 2016
35
Dec 2005
%Quarterly2005 - 2019
Benin
2.1
Dec 2018
2.5
Dec 2017
0.7
Dec 2002
2.7
Dec 2011
%Yearly1991 - 2018
Botswana
17.9
Dec 2018
17.6
Dec 2017
13.9
Dec 1991
26.2
Dec 2008
%Yearly1991 - 2018
Burkina Faso
6.1
Dec 2018
6
Dec 2017
0.9
Dec 1985
6.7
Dec 2015
%Yearly1985 - 2018
Burundi
1.5
Dec 2018
1.5
Dec 2017
1.5
Dec 1992
19.5
Dec 1990
%Yearly1990 - 2018
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