The number of unemployed persons in South Africa increased to 7233 Thousand in the fourth quarter of 2020 from 6533 Thousand in the third quarter of 2020. source: Statistics South Africa

Unemployed Persons in South Africa averaged 5101.85 Thousand from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 7233 Thousand in the fourth 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 April of 2021.

Unemployed Persons in South Africa is expected to be 7300.00 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 6400.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Unemployed Persons is projected to trend around 6320.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Unemployed Persons

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
7233.00 6533.00 7233.00 3873.00 2001 - 2020 Thousand Quarterly
Volume, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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 6.5M 4.3M 4.6M 4.7M
2021-02-23 09:30 AM Q4 7.2M 6.5M 6.4M
2021-06-29 09:30 AM Q1 7.2M 7.3M
2021-09-29 09:30 AM Q2
2021-11-12 09:30 AM Q3

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 32.50 30.80 32.50 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 15023.55 14690.87 16528.70 11666.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 7233.00 6533.00 7233.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.60 54.20 60.80 47.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 162.20 177.40 177.40 1.00 points [+]
Wages 23133.00 22579.00 23133.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19788.00 18857.00 19788.00 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 61.30 52.30 61.30 48.80 percent [+]
Employment Rate 38.20 37.51 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.