South Africa's Unemployment Rate At All-Time High

The number of unemployed South Africans rose by 0.5% in the third quarter (Q3) of 2021, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke has announced. The rise saw the country's unemployment rate reach 34.9%.

Releasing the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the last quarter, Maluleke said during this period the number of employed persons decreased by 660,000. Between July and September 2021, 14.3 million people were in employment.

He said: "The number of unemployed persons decreased by 183,000 to 7.6 million compared to the second quarter of 2021. The number of discouraged work seekers increased by 545,000 (16.4%)."

The Covid-19 pandemic has previously been cited as a factor that contributed to the country's unemployment rate.

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Unemployed youths collect coal along the railway lines (file photo).

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