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South Africa - Unemployment rate

27.5 (%) in 2017

In 2017, unemployment rate for South Africa was 27.5 %. Though South Africa unemployment rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to increase through 1998 - 2017 period ending at 27.5 % in 2017.

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What is unemployment rate?

Unemployment rate can be defined by either the national definition, the ILO harmonized definition, or the OECD harmonized definition. The OECD harmonized unemployment rate gives the number of unemployed persons as a percentage of the labor force (the total number of people employed plus unemployed). [OECD Main Economic Indicators, OECD, monthly] As defined by the International Labour Organization, "unemployed workers" are those who are currently not working but are willing and able to work for pay, currently available to work, and have actively searched for work. [ILO, http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/stat/res/index.htm]

What is South Africa unemployment rate?

Date Value Change, %
2017 27.5 2.71 %
2016 26.7 5.42 %
2015 25.4 1.00 %
2014 25.1 1.52 %
2013 24.7 -0.60 %
2012 24.9 0.30 %
2011 24.8 -0.30 %
2010 24.9 4.96 %
2009 23.7 5.22 %
2008 22.5 -2.07 %
2007 23.0 -2.34 %
2006 23.6