South Africa Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2021 was 33.56%, a 4.34% increase from 2020.
  • South Africa unemployment rate for 2020 was 29.22%, a 0.75% 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.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 33.56%
Botswana 24.72%
Gabon 22.27%
Namibia 21.68%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 21.62%
Armenia 20.90%
Libya 19.58%
Jordan 19.25%
Montenegro 18.49%
Costa Rica 17.95%
St. Lucia 16.91%
Guyana 16.43%
North Macedonia 16.20%
Bosnia 15.22%
Lebanon 14.49%
Brazil 14.40%
Colombia 14.34%
Iraq 14.19%
Turkey 13.39%
Algeria 12.70%
Albania 11.82%
Serbia 11.81%
Iran 11.46%
Suriname 10.07%
Samoa 9.84%
Equatorial Guinea 9.25%
Jamaica 9.18%
Dominican Republic 8.50%
Belize 8.22%
Mauritius 7.41%
Paraguay 7.21%
Azerbaijan 6.58%
Ecuador 6.43%
Venezuela 6.41%
Maldives 6.08%
Bulgaria 5.42%
Fiji 5.24%
Romania 5.17%
Turkmenistan 5.08%
Russia 5.01%
Kazakhstan 4.90%
Peru 4.83%
China 4.82%
Belarus 4.74%
Malaysia 4.61%
Mexico 4.38%
Tonga 3.97%
Guatemala 3.57%
Cuba 2.76%
Thailand 1.42%
South Africa Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 33.56% 4.34%
2020 29.22% 0.75%
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% -0.03%
1999 29.91% -0.03%
1998 29.95% 0.04%
1997 29.91% 0.03%
1996 29.87% -0.02%
1995 29.89% 0.00%
1994 29.89% -0.03%
1993 29.92% -0.06%
1992 29.98% 0.03%
1991 29.96% 0.03%