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Unemployment Rate and Employment Data in South Africa

South Africa Unemployment Data

Indicator Data Period
Unemployment Rate 32.6 % 1Q/21
Youth Unemployment Rate 63.3 % 1Q/21
Employed Persons 14995 Person | 0.015 Million Person 1Q/21
Employment Rate  38.01 % 1Q/21
Unemployed Persons 7242 Thousand Persons | 7.242 Million Persons 1Q/21


Latest data on Unemployment Rate (%)

Unemployment Rate
                     South Africa - Historical Data (%)

What is Unemployment Rate in South Africa?

  • Unemployment Rate in South Africa increased to 32.6 % in the first quarter of 2021. The maximum rate was 32.6 % and minimum was 21.5 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
32.6 1Q/21 01.06.2021
32.5 4Q/20 23.02.2021
30.8 3Q/20 12.11.2020
23.3 2Q/20 29.09.2020
30.1 1Q/20 23.06.2020
29.1 4Q/19 11.02.2020
29.1 3Q/19 29.10.2019
27.6 1Q/19 14.05.2019


Historical Chart by presidents (%)

Unemployment Rate in South Africa by presidents

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End
Cyril Ramaphosa 15.02.2018 - 26.7000 26.7000 26.7000 26.7000 0.00%
Jacob Zuma 09.05.2009 - 14.02.2018 23.2000 27.7000 27.7000 23.2000 19.40%
Thabo Mbeki 16.06.1999 - 24.09.2008 25.4000 22.6000 31.2000 22.6000 -11.02%


Latest data on Youth Unemployment Rate (%)

Youth Unemployment Rate
                     South Africa - Historical Data (%)

What is Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa?

  • Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa increased to 63.3 % in the first quarter of 2021. The maximum rate was 63.3 % and minimum was 48.8 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
63.3 1Q/21 01.06.2021
63.2 4Q/20 19.05.2021
61.3 3Q/20 12.02.2021
52.3 2Q/20 29.09.2020
59 1Q/20 23.06.2020
58.1 4Q/19 11.02.2020
58.2 3Q/19 29.10.2019
55.2 1Q/19 14.05.2019


Historical Chart by presidents (%)

Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa by presidents

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End
Cyril Ramaphosa 15.02.2018 - 51.1000 52.4000 52.4000 51.1000 2.54%
Jacob Zuma 09.05.2009 - 14.02.2018 53.3000 52.2000 55.9000 48.8000 -2.06%


Latest data on Employed Persons (Person)

Employed Persons
                     South Africa - Historical Data (Person)

How many employed persons are in South Africa?

  • Number of Employed Persons in South Africa remained unchanged at 14995 Person (0.015 Million Person) in the first quarter of 2021. The maximum rate was 16529 Person and minimum was 11666 Person.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (Person) by years

Data
Period
Date
14995 1Q/21 01.06.2021
15024 4Q/20 24.02.2021
9581000 3Q/20 19.12.2020
9548000 2Q/20 17.10.2020
10231000 1Q/20 01.08.2020
10213000 4Q/19 04.04.2020
10142000 3Q/19 14.12.2019
10172000 2Q/19 29.10.2019


Historical Chart by presidents (Person)

Employed Persons in South Africa by presidents

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End


Latest data on Employment Rate  (%)

Employment Rate 
                     South Africa - Historical Data (%)

What is Employment Rate in South Africa?

  • Employment Rate in South Africa decreased to 38.01 % in the first quarter of 2021. The maximum rate was 46.17 % and minimum was 36.26 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
38.01 1Q/21 19.06.2021
38.2 4Q/20 23.02.2021
37.51 3Q/20 12.11.2020
36.26 2Q/20 29.10.2020
42.14 1Q/20 11.07.2020
42.4 4Q/19 14.03.2020
42.4 3Q/19 29.10.2019
42.56 1Q/19 04.07.2019


Historical Chart by QoQ presidents (%)

Employment Rate  in South Africa by presidents

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End


Latest data on Unemployed Persons (Thousand Persons)

Unemployed Persons
                     South Africa - Historical Data (Thousand Persons)

How many Unemployed Persons are in South Africa?

  • Number of Unemployed Persons in South Africa increased to 7242 Thousand Persons (7.242 Million Persons) in the first quarter of 2021. The maximum rate was 7242 Thousand Persons and minimum was 3873 Thousand Persons.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (Thousand Persons) by years

Data
Period
Date
7242 1Q/21 01.06.2021
7233 4Q/20 23.02.2021
6500 3Q/20 12.11.2020
4295 2Q/20 29.09.2020
7070 1Q/20 23.06.2020
6700 4Q/19 11.02.2020
6734 3Q/19 29.10.2019
6200 1Q/19 04.07.2019


Historical Chart by presidents (Thousand Persons)

Unemployed Persons in South Africa by presidents

Name Period Start Data End Data Max Value Min Value CHG% Start/End

Other labor indicators in South Africa

Index Updated Actual Previous
Retirement Age Men 2020 60 60
Wages 4Q/20 1611.162 USD/Month 1572.577
Labor Force Participation Rate 1Q/21 56.4 % 56.6
Living Wage Individual 2018 381.26 USD/Month 356.307

Unemployment Rate in other countries

Country Updated Actual Previous
Egypt 1Q/21 7.4 % 7.2
Kenya 2020 7.2 % 10.4
Madagascar 2020 1.9 % 1.7
Zimbabwe 2020 5.7 % 5
Tanzania 2019 9.6 % 9.7
Togo 2020 4.1 % 3.6
Tunisia 1Q/21 17.8 % 17.4
Nigeria 4Q/20 33.3 % 27.1
Sudan 2020 17.7 % 16.8
Morocco 1Q/21 12.5 % 11.9
Senegal 4Q/20 16.7 % 23.4
Seychelles 2020 4 % 2.4
South Africa 1Q/21 32.6 % 32.5
Uganda 2019 1.8 % 1.7
Rwanda Aug/20 16 % 22.1
Liberia 2020 2.7 % 2.8
Zambia 2019 13.2 % 11.4
Mozambique 2017 25.04 % 24.37
Namibia 2018 33.4 % 34
Ghana 2020 4.5 % 4.1
Swaziland 2020 23.4 % 22.2
Libya 2020 18.63 % 18.56
Algeria 3Q/18 11.7 %
Angola 2021 30.5 % 30.6
Benin 2020 2.5 % 2.3
Botswana 2020 23.3 % 18.2
Burkina Faso 2018 6.1 %
Burundi 2020 0.8 % 1.4
Central African Republic 2020 4.3 % 4
Chad 2020 2.3 % 1.9
Comoros 2020 8.4 % 7.7
Republic of the Congo 2020 10.3 % 9.6
Equatorial Guinea 2020 9.2 % 8
Eritrea 2020 7.4 % 6.3
Ethiopia 2018 19.1 % 16.9
Gabon 2020 20.5 % 19.6
Gambia 2020 9.6 % 8.9
Guatemala 3Q/19 2 % 2.5
Guinea 2020 4.4 % 4.1
Guinea Bissau 2020 3.2 % 2.8
Lesotho 2020 24.7 % 23.9
Malawi 2020 6 % 5.6
Mali 2019 9.8 % 9.6
Mauritania 2020 10.7 % 10.1
Niger 2020 0.7 % 0.5
Sao Tome and Principe 2020 13.9 % 13.1
Sierra Leone 2020 4.6 % 4.4