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Stats SABusinessLive reports that SA’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 26.7% in the first quarter of 2018, Statistics SA indicated in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), released on Tuesday.  

The number of people employed advanced by 206,000 to 16.4 million, while those without jobs rose 100,000 to 5.98 million.  There were increases in six of the 10 industries, with a 95,000-job increase in community and social services, 58,000 in the manufacturing sector and 40,000 in construction.  Declines were seen in transport (41,000), mining (14,000), utilities (6,000) and agriculture (3,000).  Statistics SA pointed out that 68.5% of unemployed people still actively seeking work had been looking for employment for a year or more.  The expanded unemployment rate, which includes discouraged workers and economically inactive citizens, grew by 0.4 percentage points to 36.7%.  The number of discouraged workers increased by 249,000.  The unemployment rate among the youth was higher, irrespective of education levels.  For people between the ages of 15-24 years, the unemployment rate of was 52.4%.  

  • Read this report by Sunita Menon and Tammy Foyn in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, SA’s jobless rate persists near a 15-year high, at Moneyweb
  • And also, Over 52% of SA’s youth jobless, at Business Report


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