DA expresses concern over high FS unemployment

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The DA in the Free State has expressed its concern about the high expanded unemployment rate.

This after the Free State recorded the largest increase in its expanded unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2019.

Releasing the Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Tuesday, Statistician-general, Risenga Maluleke, said the expanded unemployment rate, which includes unemployed people who have given up on finding jobs, remains unchanged at 38%. Of this percentage, the Free State observed an increase of 0,9 of a percentage point. Maluleke highlighted that the number of unemployed South Africans overall remains staggering high at 29,1% with 6,7 million people actively looking for employment remaining jobless.

The party’s MPL Karabo Khakhau says it is appalling that the number of unemployed people is on the rise with the Free State recording the highest expanded unemployment rate. Khakhau says the Free State government has left its people at the periphery and is failing to create employment opportunities for its youth.

“The people of the Free State, particularly the youth, remain victims of the Provincial Government’s inability to revive the provincial economy and create jobs” said Khakhau.

Khakhau is to date the youngest member of the Free State Legislature, who took a seat following the May 8 General Elections.

She says the provincial government needs to acknowledge the plight faced by young people in this province and start prioritising them. “Over 65% of young people under the age of 25 living in the Free State are unemployed and the government has done little to rectify this fissure in the economy”.

She says there is a high need for the provincial government to live up to its promises to improve the lives of residents and provide the youth with an enabling economic environment that will enable them to participate in the economy of the country.

Second to Free State’s high expanded unemployment rate, is Limpopo and then the Western Cape. While Eastern Cape remained unchanged, the Northern Cape, North West, and KwaZulu-Natal were the only provinces that experienced a decrease in their expanded unemployment rates.

OFM News/KATLEHO MORAPELA