This is according to Statistics South Africa. Releasing the Quarterly Labour Force Survey earlier today, 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. Maluleke said the unemployment rate has increased by 0,1 of a percentage point from quarter two, with increases observed in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and the Free State.
Web: 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 the expanded unemployment rate.
Maluleke added that of those without jobs, black African women remain the most vulnerable group, followed by Coloured and Indian women.
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