Unemployment reaches 15-year high
Source: Stats SA Local unemployment levels climbed to an almost 15-year high at the end of September as the economy struggled to recover from a recession in the first half of the year.
Unemployment rose to 27.5% from 27.2% in the three months to the end of June, Stats SA said this week.
Private households shed the most jobs in the quarter, employing 30 000 fewer people. Mining recorded 29 000 job losses.
While there were 446 000 people employed in the South African mining industry in the third quarter of last year, this had fallen to 406 000 according the most recent data, a decrease of 8.9%. Graphics24
The number of people employed rose to 16.4 million, while those without jobs increased by 127 000 to 6.2 million.
On an annual quarter-on-quarter basis, jobs in the construction industry increased by more than 10% – from 1.36 million to 1.5 million.
The unemployment rate for South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 was 52.8%.
The province with the lowest unemployment rate was Limpopo, with 18.9%, followed by the Western Cape with 20.4% and KwaZuluNatal with 23%.
The Free State had the highest provincial unemployment rate at 36.3%.