South Africa Labor Force Participation Rate 1990-2022

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24 is the proportion of the population ages 15-24 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.
  • South Africa labor force participation rate for 2019 was 25.60%, a 0.1% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa labor force participation rate for 2018 was 25.50%, a 1.38% decline from 2017.
  • South Africa labor force participation rate for 2017 was 26.88%, a 0.08% increase from 2016.
  • South Africa labor force participation rate for 2016 was 26.80%, a 0.43% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Participation Rate for Ages 15-24
Peru 62.52%
Paraguay 59.79%
St. Lucia 59.59%
Maldives 58.62%
Brazil 56.57%
Guatemala 53.32%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 52.48%
Colombia 50.91%
Belize 49.79%
Guyana 48.36%
Dominican Republic 47.09%
Costa Rica 46.36%
Mexico 45.69%
Ecuador 45.63%
China 45.55%
Turkey 44.96%
Belarus 44.62%
Botswana 43.62%
Azerbaijan 43.26%
Malaysia 42.63%
Mauritius 41.79%
Thailand 40.30%
Turkmenistan 40.15%
Kazakhstan 38.84%
Fiji 38.50%
Montenegro 37.12%
Albania 36.72%
Cuba 36.24%
Bosnia 35.15%
Jamaica 34.95%
Venezuela 34.09%
Armenia 33.87%
Russia 32.24%
North Macedonia 31.86%
Samoa 31.59%
Equatorial Guinea 30.98%
Romania 30.18%
Lebanon 30.10%
Namibia 29.31%
Serbia 28.85%
Iran 28.33%
Iraq 27.30%
Algeria 26.87%
Suriname 26.65%
South Africa 25.60%
Tonga 25.39%
Bulgaria 24.33%
Jordan 23.03%
Gabon 18.46%
Libya 16.70%
South Africa Labor Force Participation Rate - Historical Data
Year Participation Rate for Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 25.60% 0.10%
2018 25.50% -1.38%
2017 26.88% 0.08%
2016 26.80% -0.43%
2015 27.23% 1.18%
2014 26.05% -0.69%
2013 26.74% 0.28%
2012 26.46% -0.16%
2011 26.62% -0.68%
2010 27.30% -1.83%
2009 29.13% -2.46%
2008 31.59% 0.06%
2007 31.53% -0.02%
2006 31.55% -0.16%
2005 31.71% -0.35%
2004 32.06% -0.47%
2003 32.53% -0.58%
2002 33.11% -0.64%
2001 33.75% -0.69%
2000 34.44% -0.99%
1999 35.43% -1.07%
1998 36.50% -1.12%
1997 37.62% -1.08%
1996 38.70% -1.01%
1995 39.71% -1.02%
1994 40.73% -0.87%
1993 41.60% -0.74%
1992 42.34% -0.69%
1991 43.03% -0.67%
1990 43.70% -0.67%