South African unemployment rises to 29% in Q2

South Africa’s unemployment rate has increased to 29% in second quarter of 2019.
This was disclosed by Statistician General Risenga Maluleke.

The latest unemployment figures indicates the highest since 2008.

The country’s working age population stands at 38.4 million between the ages of 15 and 64 of these 16.3 million were employed, 6.7 million unemployed, while 12.7 million were not economically active.

During the second quarter, unemployed rose by 1.4 percentage points to 29% compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Employment losses were mainly driven by private households, transport, mining and finance, Stats said General Maluleke

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