SA’s unemployment rate spikes

The unemployment rate has seen its highest increase since 2017, according to Statistics South Africa’s recently-released quarterly labour survey for the first three months of 2019.

According to the survey, which was released on Tuesday, the unemployment rate increased by 0.5% between the first quarter of 2019 and the last quarter of 2018. This is the highest recorded increase since the third quarter of 2017.

South Africa’s unemployment rate now stands at 27.6%, up 0.9% from the first quarter on 2018.

StatsSA’s quarterly labour survey collects information from approximately 30 000 households and collects data on the labour market activities of individuals.

The number of employed persons decreased by 237 000 and the number of unemployed persons increased by 62 000, Stats SA found. This has resulted in a decrease of 176 000 in the number of people in South Africa’s labour force.

Between the two quarters, the number of employed persons decreased in six of the ten industries, with the largest decrease recorded in construction. However, employment gains were recorded in transport, trade, utilities and manufacturing.

According to Stats SA, the number of employed persons decreased in all nine provinces between the two quarters. The largest employment decreases were recorded in Limpopo, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Limpopo and the Eastern Cape are the two most poverty-stricken provinces in South Africa. According to StatsSA’s 2017 poverty report both provinces remained among since 2001.

The survey also found that South Africa’s unemployment rate has remained high, at 34.2% for 25 to 34 year olds and 55.2% for 15 to 24 year olds.

Read the full report below:

Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), 1st Quarter 2019 by Mail and Guardian on Scribd

Sarah Smit
Sarah Smit
Sarah Smit is a general news reporter at the Mail & Guardian. She covers topics relating to labour, corruption and the law.

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