South Africa: Labor force participation

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 South Africa

Labor force participation rate

 Latest value 56.81
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1990 - 2022
 Average 59.41
 Min - Max 54.17 - 63.21
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1990 to 2022. The average value for South Africa during that period was 59.41 percent with a minimum of 54.17 percent in 2010 and a maximum of 63.21 percent in 1990. The latest value from 2022 is 56.81 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 176 countries is 60.54 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
South Africa - Labor force participation - recent values

Historical chart
South Africa - Labor force participation - historical chart - 1990-2022




The labor force participation rate is the percent of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active. That includes the employed and the unemployed individuals.
Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 24.31 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 29.81 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 31.43 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 28.40 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 51.52 2022 percent
 Labor force participation 56.81 2022 percent
 Labor force: percent female 46.48 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 50.61 2022 percent
 Male labor force participation 63.56 2022 percent
 Employment 16.75 Q3/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 31.90 Q3/2023 percent
 Labor cost 138.50 Q3/2022 index points
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