Vital that the government and private sector create jobs and invest in youth as their numbers rise.
About 15.7-million work, 5.7-million don't, but the numbers depend on the definition of employment.
Readers write in about June 1976, vandalism, and job creation.
South Africa's joblessness is at its highest since 2009, and government needs to come up with workable solutions, writes Fose Segodi.
New research suggests that smokers who lose their jobs spend more time unemployed than nonsmokers, although the reasons are unknown.
Intended beneficiaries of the expanded public works scheme are only temporary workers and open to exploitation by unscrupulous employers.
Precarious work is becoming the norm as bosses increase their levels of exploitation.
The South African economy has fallen on hard times and we need to think creatively about how to resolve the problem and create employment.
Thousands of women are left to care for and support their husbands who have been left jobless and sick after contracting silicosis in the gold mines.
Despite widely held views to the contrary, labour markets are not so inflexible after all.
It took more than 20 years for SA to sign the UN's International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. But will it make a difference?
A quarter of South Africans are unemployed but in once thriving industrial areas such as the Vaal Triangle, even qualified youth can't find jobs.
Unemployment is the main concern for about half of SA's poor population, the other half is concerned about low earnings or the poor quality of work.
Would a constitutional amendment deal with unemployment in SA? The ratification of an international convention could place a duty on SA to do that.
Unemployment levels fell in the second quarter, largely on informal sector job creation, but the number of discouraged job seekers rose.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says SA’s high rate of joblessness could be solved with better skills training at tertiary institutions.
Unemployment in South Africa is one of the highest in the world – and employers are struggling more than ever to fill skilled positions.
South Africa has come in third on Bloomberg's misery index, a list of most painful economies in which to work and live, after Venezuela and Argentina.