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SolidarityANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday that the latest labour market figures were the result of the SA government's "fixation with racial mathematics when it comes to representivity”.  

Statistics SA (Stats SA) announced earlier in the day that the country's official unemployment rate had remained unchanged at 29.1% in the last quarter of 2019.  A breakdown of the fourth quarter figures showed that the number of employed people in the country was at 16.4 million, while the number of jobless stood at 6.7 million.  Solidarity said in a statement that government's remained one of the main causes of poor economic growth and unemployment".  “How can one ever expect to tackle the persistent and pernicious unemployment crisis in our country when policy makers are more concerned with figures such as the economically active population (EAP) used to determine employment equity benchmarks than they are with actual unemployment?" asked Solidarity's head of labour law services, Anton van der Bijl.  In his view, successful countries were those that did not care "about the colour of productivity".  “Our economy has come to a virtual standstill if it is not outright receding.  One of the major factors is that businesspeople are not being afforded the simple opportunity to make their own decisions regarding their workforce,” said Van der Bijl.

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