Labor Force Participation Rate in South Africa decreased to 58.80 percent in the first quarter of 2019 from 59.40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. Labor Force Participation Rate in South Africa averaged 57.19 percent from 2001 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 60.80 percent in the first quarter of 2001 and a record low of 53.60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 27.60 27.10 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 10174000.00 10151000.00 10174000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6200.00 6100.00 6214.11 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.80 59.40 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 156.20 155.20 156.20 1.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 20855.00 21190.00 21190.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 18167.00 18510.00 18510.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 57.73 56.84 57.73 17.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 60.00 60.00 60.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 60.00 60.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Wages High Skilled 22600.00 20300.00 22600.00 19000.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 4380.00 3960.00 4380.00 3840.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 55.20 54.70 55.90 48.80 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 11300.00 10700.00 11300.00 10700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 6570.00 6140.00 6570.00 6140.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 42.56 43.34 46.17 41.00 percent [+]


South Africa Labor Force Participation Rate

The labour force participation rates is the number of persons who are employed and unemployed but looking for a job divided by the total working-age population. This page provides - South Africa Labor Force Participation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Labor Force Participation Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
58.80 59.40 60.80 53.60 2001 - 2019 percent Quarterly




Country Last Previous
United Kingdom 79.10 Apr/19
France 72.30 Mar/19
Netherlands 71.00 Apr/19
Indonesia 69.20 Dec/18
Switzerland 68.30 Mar/19
Russia 67.70 Mar/19
Singapore 67.70 Dec/18
Australia 66.00 May/19
Canada 65.70 Jun/19
Italy 65.70 May/19
South Korea 64.20 Jun/19
United States 62.90 Jun/19
Japan 62.20 May/19
Brazil 62.10 May/19
Germany 61.80 Dec/18
Mexico 60.20 May/19
South Africa 58.80 Mar/19
Spain 58.35 Mar/19
Euro Area 57.40 Dec/18
Saudi Arabia 56.40 Mar/19
Turkey 53.10 Apr/19
India 49.80 Dec/18
Argentina 47.00 Mar/19


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