The youth unemployment rate in South Africa rose significantly to 58.2 percent in the third quarter of 2019 from 56.4 percent in the previous period, reaching its highest level since the first quarter of 2008. Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 52.65 percent from 2013 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019 and a record low of 48.80 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. source: Statistics South Africa

Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa is expected to be 56.70 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa to stand at 53.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Youth Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 57.20 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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South Africa Youth Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
58.20 56.40 58.20 48.80 2013 - 2019 percent Quarterly

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 29.10 29.00 30.40 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 10142000.00 10172000.00 10174000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6733.71 6655.00 6733.71 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.90 59.80 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 161.10 157.00 161.10 1.00 points [+]
Wages 21966.00 21432.00 21966.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19122.00 18798.00 19122.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 58.78 57.73 58.78 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 [+]
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 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 4380.00 3960.00 4380.00 3840.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 58.20 56.40 58.20 48.80 percent [+]
Employment Rate 42.40 42.44 46.17 41.00 percent [+]