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Unemployment Rate and Employment Data in South Africa

South Africa Unemployment Data

Indicator Data Period
Unemployment Rate 32.9 % 3Q/22
Youth Unemployment Rate 59.6 % 3Q/22
Employed Persons 15765 Person | 0.016 Million Person 3Q/22
Employment Rate  39.1 % 3Q/22
Unemployed Persons 7700 Thousand Persons | 7.7 Million Persons 3Q/22


Latest data on Unemployment Rate (%)

Unemployment Rate
                     South Africa - Historical Data (%)

What is Unemployment Rate in South Africa?

  • Unemployment Rate in South Africa decreased to 32.9 % in the third quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 32.6 % and minimum was 21.5 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
32.9 3Q/22 29.11.2022
33.9 2Q/22 25.08.2022
34.5 1Q/22 31.05.2022
35.3 4Q/21 29.03.2022
34.9 3Q/21 18.01.2022
34.4 2Q/21 24.08.2021
32.6 1Q/21 01.06.2021
32.5 4Q/20 23.02.2021


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 decreased to 59.6 % in the third quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 63.3 % and minimum was 48.8 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
59.6 3Q/22 29.11.2022
61.4 2Q/22 25.08.2022
63.9 1Q/22 31.05.2022
66.5 4Q/21 29.03.2022
66.5 3Q/21 18.01.2022
64.4 2Q/21 24.08.2021
63.3 1Q/21 01.06.2021
63.2 4Q/20 19.05.2021


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 15765 Person (0.016 Million Person) in the third quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 16529 Person and minimum was 11666 Person.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (Person) by years

Data
Period
Date
15765 3Q/22 29.11.2022
15562 2Q/22 25.08.2022
14914 1Q/22 31.05.2022
14544 4Q/21 29.03.2022
14282 3Q/21 18.01.2022
14942 2Q/21 24.08.2021
14995 1Q/21 01.06.2021
15024 4Q/20 24.02.2021


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 increased to 39.1 % in the third quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 46.17 % and minimum was 36.26 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
39.1 3Q/22 29.11.2022
38.7 2Q/22 25.08.2022
37.3 1Q/22 31.05.2022
36.5 4Q/21 29.03.2022
35.9 3Q/21 18.01.2022
37.7 2Q/21 24.08.2021
38.01 1Q/21 19.06.2021
38.2 4Q/20 23.02.2021


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 decreased to 7700 Thousand Persons (7.7 Million Persons) in the third quarter of 2022. 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
7700 3Q/22 29.11.2022
7994 2Q/22 25.08.2022
7900 1Q/22 31.05.2022
7900 4Q/21 29.03.2022
7600 3Q/21 18.01.2022
7800 2Q/21 24.08.2021
7242 1Q/21 01.06.2021
7233 4Q/20 23.02.2021


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 2022 60 60
Wages 3Q/22 1420.517 USD/Month 1407.064
Labor Force Participation Rate 3Q/22 58.3 % 58.6
Living Wage Individual 2018 381.26 USD/Month 356.307

Unemployment Rate in other countries

Country Updated Actual Previous
Egypt 3Q/22 7.4 % 7.2
Kenya 2021 6.6 % 5.4
Madagascar 2021 2.6 % 2.5
Zimbabwe 2021 5.17 % 5.7
Tanzania 2021 9.3 % 9.5
Togo 2021 4 % 3.9
Tunisia 2Q/22 15.3 % 16.1
Nigeria 4Q/20 33.3 % 27.1
Sudan 2021 19.81 % 17.7
Morocco 4Q/22 11.8 % 11.4
Senegal 2Q/22 22 % 25.8
Seychelles 2021 3 % 4
South Africa 3Q/22 32.9 % 33.9
Uganda 2021 2.9 % 2.8
Rwanda Aug/22 18.1 % 23
Liberia 2021 4.1 % 4
Zambia 2021 13 % 12.2
Mozambique 2017 25.04 % 24.37
Namibia 2021 21.7 % 21.4
Ghana 2021 4.7 % 4.7
Swaziland 2021 25.8 % 25.5
Libya 2021 19.6 % 20.1
Algeria 3Q/18 11.7 %
Angola 2022 30.2 % 30.8
Benin 2021 1.6 % 1.6
Botswana 2021 24.5 % 23.3
Burkina Faso 2018 6.1 %
Burundi 2021 1.8 % 1.7
Central African Republic 2021 6.6 % 6.4
Chad 2021 1.9 % 1.7
Comoros 2021 9.4 % 9.2
Republic of the Congo 2021 23 % 22.8
Equatorial Guinea 2021 9.2 % 9.9
Eritrea 2021 8 % 7.9
Ethiopia 2018 19.1 % 16.9
Gabon 2021 22.3 % 22
Gambia 2021 11.2 % 11.1
Guatemala 1Q/21 2.2 % 2
Guinea 2021 6.3 % 6.1
Guinea Bissau 2021 6.8 % 6.7
Lesotho 2021 24.6 % 24.6
Malawi 2021 7 % 6.7
Mali 2021 7.7 % 7.7
Mauritania 2021 11.5 % 11.3
Niger 2021 0.8 % 0.6
Sao Tome and Principe 2021 15.9 % 15.7
Sierra Leone 2021 5.6 % 4.6