FS records increase in expanded unemployment

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The Free State has recorded the largest increase in the expanded unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2019.

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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