The number of unemployed persons in South Africa increased to 7800 Thousand in the second quarter of 2021 from 7200 Thousand in the first quarter of 2021. source: Statistics South Africa

Unemployed Persons in South Africa averaged 5180.47 Thousand from 2001 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 7800 Thousand in the second quarter of 2021 and a record low of 3873 Thousand in the fourth quarter of 2008. This page provides - South Africa Unemployed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Unemployed Persons - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2021.

Unemployed Persons in South Africa is expected to be 8000.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the South Africa Unemployed Persons is projected to trend around 7000.00 Thousand in 2022 and 6800.00 Thousand in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Unemployed Persons

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
7800.00 7200.00 7800.00 3873.00 2001 - 2021 Thousand Quarterly
Volume, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-11-12 09:30 AM Q3 6.5M 4.3M 4.6M 4.7M
2021-02-23 09:30 AM Q4 7.2M 6.5M 6.4M
2021-06-01 09:30 AM Q1 7.2M 7.2M 7.3M
2021-08-24 09:30 AM Q2 7.8M 7.2M 7.25M
2021-11-30 09:30 AM Q3 7.8M 8M

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 34.40 32.60 34.40 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 14941.57 14995.34 16528.70 11666.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 7800.00 7200.00 7800.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 57.50 56.40 60.80 47.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 166.10 162.20 177.40 1.00 points [+]
Wages 23122.00 23133.00 23133.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19552.00 19788.00 19788.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 59.30 58.80 59.30 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 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 64.40 63.30 64.40 48.80 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 21.69 20.76 21.69 20.00 ZAR/Hour [+]
Employment Rate 37.70 38.01 46.17 36.26 percent [+]


South Africa Unemployed Persons
In South Africa, unemployed persons are individuals who are without a job and actively seeking to work.