The number of unemployed persons in South Africa decreased to 4294.85 Thousand in the second quarter of 2020 from 7069.65 Thousand in the first quarter of 2020. source: Statistics South Africa

Unemployed Persons in South Africa averaged 5039.26 Thousand from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 7069.65 Thousand in the first quarter of 2020 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 October of 2020.

Unemployed Persons in South Africa is expected to be 7900.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployed Persons in South Africa to stand at 8000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Unemployed Persons is projected to trend around 8200.00 Thousand in 2021 and 8400.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Unemployed Persons

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4294.85 7069.65 7069.65 3873.00 2001 - 2020 Thousand Quarterly
Volume, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-29 09:30 AM Q3 6.7M 6.7M 6.3M
2020-02-11 09:30 AM Q4 6.7M 6.7M 6.4M
2020-06-23 09:30 AM Q1 7.1M 6.7M 6.9M 6.9M
2020-09-29 09:30 AM Q2 4.3M 7.1M 7.7M
2020-11-12 09:30 AM Q3 4.3M 6M

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 23.30 30.10 30.40 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 9548000.00 10231000.00 10231000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 4294.85 7069.65 7069.65 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 47.30 60.30 60.80 47.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 163.80 165.60 165.60 1.00 points [+]
Wages 21455.00 22387.00 22500.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 17006.00 19114.00 19377.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 58.80 58.78 58.80 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 [+]
Minimum Wages 20.76 20.00 20.76 20.00 ZAR/Hour [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 52.30 59.00 59.00 48.80 percent [+]
Employment Rate 36.26 42.14 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.