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Unemployment Rate and Employment Data in South Africa

South Africa Unemployment Data

Indicator Data Period
Unemployment Rate 32.6 % 2Q/23
Youth Unemployment Rate 60.7 % 2Q/23
Employed Persons 16346 Person | 0.016 Million Person 2Q/23
Employment Rate  40.1 % 2Q/23
Unemployed Persons 7921 Thousand Persons | 7.921 Million Persons 2Q/23


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 32.6 % in the second quarter of 2023. 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 2Q/23 15.08.2023
32.9 1Q/23 16.05.2023
32.7 4Q/22 28.02.2023
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


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 60.7 % in the second quarter of 2023. The maximum rate was 63.3 % and minimum was 48.8 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
60.7 2Q/23 15.08.2023
62.1 1Q/23 16.05.2023
61 4Q/22 28.02.2023
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


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 16346 Person (0.016 Million Person) in the second quarter of 2023. The maximum rate was 16529 Person and minimum was 11666 Person.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (Person) by years

Data
Period
Date
16346 2Q/23 15.08.2023
16192 1Q/23 16.05.2023
15934 4Q/22 28.02.2023
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


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 40.1 % in the second quarter of 2023. The maximum rate was 46.17 % and minimum was 36.26 %.
  • Data published Quarterly by Statistics.

Historical Data (%) by years

Data
Period
Date
40.1 2Q/23 15.08.2023
39.88 1Q/23 16.05.2023
39.4 4Q/22 28.02.2023
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


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 7921 Thousand Persons (7.921 Million Persons) in the second quarter of 2023. 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
7921 2Q/23 15.08.2023
7933 1Q/23 16.05.2023
7753 4Q/22 28.02.2023
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


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 2Q/23 1381.521 USD/Month 1343.254
Labor Force Participation Rate 2Q/23 59.6 % 59.4
Living Wage Individual 2018 381.26 USD/Month 356.307

Unemployment Rate in other countries

Country Updated Actual Previous
Egypt 2Q/23 7 % 7.1
Kenya 2022 4.9 % 5.3
Madagascar 2022 2.1 % 2.3
Zimbabwe 20 7.9 % 8.1
Tanzania 2022 8.9 % 9
Togo 2022 4.1 % 4.2
Tunisia 1Q/23 16.1 % 15.2
Nigeria 1Q/23 4.1 % 5.3
Sudan 2022 18.7 % 19.1
Morocco 2Q/23 12.4 % 12.9
Senegal 2Q/23 18.6 % 21.5
Seychelles 2020 4 % 2.4
South Africa 2Q/23 32.6 % 32.9
Uganda 2022 4.3 % 4.3
Rwanda May/23 16.8 % 17.2
Liberia 2022 3.6 % 3.7
Zambia 2022 6.1 % 6.2
Mozambique 2017 25.04 % 24.37
Namibia 2022 20.8 % 21.3
Ghana 2022 3.9 % 3.9
Swaziland 2022 24.4 % 24.6
Libya 2022 20.7 % 20.6
Algeria 3Q/18 11.7 %
Angola 2022 29.6 % 30
Benin 2022 1.7 % 1.8
Botswana 2022 25.4 % 26
Burkina Faso 2018 6.1 %
Burundi 2022 1 % 1.1
Central African Republic 2022 6.4 % 6.5
Chad 2022 1.4 % 1.5
Comoros 2022 8.8 % 9
Republic of the Congo 2022 21.8 % 22.2
Equatorial Guinea 2022 8.7 % 9.1
Eritrea 2022 6.6 % 6.8
Ethiopia 2018 19.1 % 16.9
Gabon 2022 21.5 % 21.8
Gambia 2022 4.8 % 5
Guatemala 4Q/22 3 % 2.2
Guinea 2022 5.7 % 5.8
Guinea Bissau 2022 3.6 % 3.7
Lesotho 2022 18 % 18.3
Malawi 2022 5.6 % 5.7
Mali 2022 2.8 % 2.6
Mauritania 2022 11.1 % 11.3
Niger 2022 0.5 % 0.7
Sao Tome and Principe 2022 15.3 % 15.3
Sierra Leone 2022 3.6 % 3.7