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South Africa Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Mar 2020
Actual
30.1 %
Forecast
34 %
Previous
29.1 %
Frequency
Quarterly
Units In
%
Next Release
Oct 15, 2020
Time to Release
21 Days 1 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
30.4 %
Sep 2002
21.5 %
Dec 2008
25.85 %2000 - 2020Statistics 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.

Latest Updates

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

All South Africa indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Employment Rate
42.14
Mar 2020
42.4
Dec 2019
41
Mar 2004
46.17
Dec 2008
%Quarterly2000 - 2020
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
60.3
Mar 2020
59.8
Dec 2019
53.6
Dec 2010
60.8
Mar 2001
%Quarterly2001 - 2020
Labour Costs
160.5
Sep 2019
161.1
Jun 2019
1
Mar 1970
161.1
Jun 2019
pointsQuarterly1970 - 2019
Population
58.8
Dec 2019
58.78
Jun 2019
17.46
Dec 1960
58.8
Dec 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

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Algeria
11.4
Apr 2019
11.7
Sep 2018
9.8
Mar 2014
29.5
Sep 2000
%Quarterly1999 - 2019
Angola
32.7
Jun 2020
32
Mar 2020
19.9
Dec 2016
35
Dec 2005
%Quarterly2005 - 2020
Benin
2
Dec 2019
2.1
Dec 2018
0.7
Dec 2002
2.7
Dec 2011
%Yearly1991 - 2019
Botswana
18.2
Dec 2019
17.9
Dec 2018
13.9
Dec 1991
26.2
Dec 2008
%Yearly1991 - 2019
Burkina Faso
6.1
Dec 2019
6.1
Dec 2018
0.9
Dec 1985
6.7
Dec 2015
%Yearly1985 - 2019
Burundi
1.4
Dec 2019
1.4
Dec 2018
1.4
Dec 2018
19.5
Dec 1990
%Yearly1990 - 2019

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