NAB said this is consistent with a robust rate of jobs growth, of around 24K per month based on historical patterns. The underutilisation rate, which includes the unemployed and those who want to work more hours, is close to 14 percent compared to 8 in the United States.
That follows two months of falls in employment, and takes the increase in job numbers for the first quarter of the 2018 to 52,900, after a rise of over 400,000 in 2017.
South Africa's stubbornly high unemployment rate, especially among the youth, is one of the major challenges facing the government of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Annual job growth of 2.7 percent was more than one and half times the USA pace of job creation of 1.6 percent.
The country's Youth Employment Service (YES), a partnership between business and organised labour which was launched in March, is one of the initiatives aimed at alleviating youth unemployment through internships.
The North West Province added 1.9 percentage points, while KwaZulu-Natal Province was down by 1.8 percentage points.
In seasonally adjusted terms 32,700 new full-time jobs were created over the month, more than offsetting the loss of 10,000 part-time positions. Participation in the workforce has never been higher, led by stronger participation by women and older Australians, but the unemployment rate continues to drift slowly upwards.
With labour market slack still quite high, particularly when accounting for broader measures of unemployment, it is little surprise that wage growth remains subdued.
Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 4.7 million hours (0.27%) to 1,749.4 million hours.
As seen in the chart below, the size of Australia's labour force has also surged over the past year, jumping by 341,900.