Free State has highest percentage of unemployed women

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The unemployment rate in South Africa remains higher for women than for men.

According to the Economic Empowerment Gender Series Report released by Stats SA, the Free State remains the province with the highest percentage of women who are unemployed.

The report indicates that 39% of women in this province were unemployed during 2017. An increase in the employment rate of females was only observed in Gauteng and the Western Cape, while the highest increase in the employment rate for males was seen in Limpopo.

The Northern Cape experienced the biggest decline of 17.4 percentage points in the employment of males. The report released by Stats SA mainly focused on the analysis relating to gender disparities in economic empowerment between 2001 and 2017.

It further indicated that men were more likely to be employed than women, irrespective of their geographical area and that there were little gender disparities in the employment rate of men and women with higher levels of education.

Katleho Morapela / OFM News