The race against unemployment
Gthe majority of unemployed individuals are black. A full 30,5% of black South Africans remain unemployed compared with 19,4% of coloureds, 9,6% of Indian/Asians and just 4,5% of whites.
N ev e r t h e - less, blacks have made reasonable progress since September 2001, when 35,7% of them had no jobs. That’s a decrease of 5,3 percentage points over the past six years.
Interestingly, Indian/Asian South Africans seem to have made the best progress. In September 2001, 18,8% of that population group was unemployed, but by September 2006 that had almost halved to 9,6%.
Coloureds did not fare quite IVEN SOUTH AFRICA’S history, it may seem tasteless to compare the decreases in the unemployment rates of the country’s different racial groupings over the past six years. However, with race still playing such a direct role in everyday life in SA, it seems trite to overlook the analysis.
Though SA’s official unemployment rate may have declined to 25,5% in September 2006 from 30,4% in September 2002, the sad fact is that as well. The unemployment rate of that group dropped from 21,2% in 2001 to 19,4% in 2006 – a decrease of just 1,8 percentage points.
However, the poorest performers were white. With an overall unemployment rate of 4,5%, that group managed to shave just 1,3 percentage points off the 5,8% unemployment rate it recorded in September 2001.
Then again, as a proportion of the overall unemployment rate in 2001 that’s not bad going, and sug-
The sad fact is that the majority of unemployed
individuals are black.
gests whites don’t really have that much to complain about. The difficult part would be convincing them of that.