South Africa Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2020 was 28.74%, a 0.27% increase from 2019.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2019 was 28.47%, a 1.56% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2018 was 26.91%, a 0.13% decline from 2017.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2017 was 27.04%, a 0.5% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 28.74%
Gabon 20.47%
Namibia 20.35%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 20.27%
Armenia 20.21%
Libya 19.39%
Jordan 18.50%
North Macedonia 18.40%
Botswana 17.70%
St. Lucia 17.13%
Costa Rica 17.08%
Bosnia 16.85%
Montenegro 15.86%
Guyana 15.82%
Colombia 15.44%
Turkey 13.92%
Iraq 13.74%
Brazil 13.67%
Algeria 12.83%
Albania 11.70%
Iran 10.96%
Equatorial Guinea 9.15%
Venezuela 9.14%
Serbia 9.08%
Dominican Republic 8.90%
Samoa 8.87%
Suriname 8.65%
Jamaica 8.40%
Belize 7.82%
Paraguay 7.61%
Maldives 7.18%
Mauritius 7.11%
Lebanon 6.61%
Azerbaijan 6.27%
Peru 6.24%
Ecuador 6.23%
Kazakhstan 6.05%
Russia 5.73%
Bulgaria 5.71%
Belarus 5.28%
China 5.00%
Romania 4.84%
Fiji 4.79%
Mexico 4.71%
Guatemala 4.65%
Malaysia 4.55%
Turkmenistan 4.38%
Tonga 4.37%
Cuba 3.87%
Thailand 1.02%
South Africa Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 28.74% 0.27%
2019 28.47% 1.56%
2018 26.91% -0.13%
2017 27.04% 0.50%
2016 26.54% 1.39%
2015 25.15% 0.26%
2014 24.89% 0.33%
2013 24.56% -0.17%
2012 24.73% 0.09%
2011 24.64% -0.04%
2010 24.68% 1.16%
2009 23.52% 1.11%
2008 22.41% -4.13%
2007 26.54% -1.80%
2006 28.34% -0.78%
2005 29.12% -0.33%
2004 29.45% -2.86%
2003 32.31% -0.98%
2002 33.29% 2.60%
2001 30.69% 0.81%
2000 29.88% -0.06%
1999 29.94% 0.09%
1998 29.85% 0.00%
1997 29.85% -0.02%
1996 29.87% 0.00%
1995 29.87% -0.01%
1994 29.88% 0.08%
1993 29.80% 0.22%
1992 29.58% 0.14%
1991 29.44% 0.14%