The number of unemployed persons in South Africa increased to 6655.30 Thousand in the second quarter of 2019 from 6200.79 Thousand in the first quarter of 2019. Unemployed Persons in South Africa averaged 4951.20 Thousand from 2001 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 6655.30 Thousand in the second quarter of 2019 and a record low of 3873 Thousand in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Unemployed Persons in South Africa is expected to be 6290.00 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 6125.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Unemployed Persons is projected to trend around 6450.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-10-30 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons Q3 6.2M 6.1M 6.3M
2019-02-12 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons Q4 6.1M 6.2M 6.0M
2019-05-14 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons Q1 6.2M 6.1M 6.2M
2019-07-30 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons Q2 6.7M 6.2M 6.2M
2019-10-29 09:30 AM Unemployed Persons Q3 6.7M 6.3M


South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 29.00 27.60 31.20 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 10174000.00 10152000.00 10174000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6655.30 6200.79 6655.30 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.80 58.80 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 156.20 155.20 156.20 1.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 20855.00 21190.00 21190.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 18167.00 18510.00 18510.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 57.73 56.84 57.73 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 Low Skilled 4380.00 3960.00 4380.00 3840.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 56.40 55.20 56.40 48.80 percent [+]
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 [+]
Employment Rate 42.44 42.56 46.17 41.00 percent [+]


South Africa Unemployed Persons

In South Africa, unemployed persons are individuals who are without a job and actively seeking to work. This page provides - South Africa Unemployed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Unemployed Persons - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6655.30 6200.79 6655.30 3873.00 2001 - 2019 Thousand Quarterly
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