South Africa Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2019 was 28.18%, a 1.26% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2018 was 26.92%, a 0.15% decline from 2017.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2017 was 27.07%, a 0.52% increase from 2016.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2016 was 26.55%, a 1.4% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 28.18%
St. Lucia 20.71%
Namibia 20.27%
Gabon 20.00%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 18.88%
Libya 18.56%
Bosnia 18.43%
Botswana 18.19%
North Macedonia 17.76%
Armenia 16.99%
Montenegro 14.88%
Jordan 14.72%
Turkey 13.49%
Iraq 12.82%
Serbia 12.69%
Albania 12.33%
Brazil 12.08%
Costa Rica 11.85%
Guyana 11.85%
Algeria 11.70%
Iran 11.38%
Colombia 9.71%
Venezuela 8.80%
Samoa 8.36%
Jamaica 8.00%
Suriname 7.33%
Mauritius 6.67%
Equatorial Guinea 6.43%
Belize 6.41%
Lebanon 6.23%
Maldives 6.14%
Dominican Republic 5.85%
Azerbaijan 5.51%
Paraguay 4.81%
Belarus 4.60%
Kazakhstan 4.59%
Russia 4.59%
Bulgaria 4.34%
China 4.32%
Fiji 4.10%
Romania 3.98%
Ecuador 3.97%
Turkmenistan 3.91%
Mexico 3.43%
Malaysia 3.32%
Peru 3.31%
Guatemala 2.46%
Cuba 1.64%
Tonga 1.12%
Thailand 0.75%
South Africa Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 28.18% 1.26%
2018 26.92% -0.15%
2017 27.07% 0.52%
2016 26.55% 1.40%
2015 25.16% 0.26%
2014 24.90% 0.33%
2013 24.57% -0.16%
2012 24.73% 0.08%
2011 24.65% -0.04%
2010 24.69% 1.16%
2009 23.54% 1.11%
2008 22.43% -4.23%
2007 26.67% -1.82%
2006 28.49% -0.76%
2005 29.25% -0.32%
2004 29.58% -2.88%
2003 32.46% -1.02%
2002 33.47% 2.58%
2001 30.90% 0.67%
2000 30.23% -0.05%
1999 30.28% 0.12%
1998 30.15% -0.01%
1997 30.16% -0.03%
1996 30.19% 0.04%
1995 30.16% 0.01%
1994 30.14% 0.05%
1993 30.10% 0.24%
1992 29.86% 0.12%
1991 29.73% 0.12%