SA Unemployment Rate Takes a Turn for the Worst, Reaches All Time High

SA Unemployment Rate Takes a Turn for the Worst, Reaches All Time High

- Bad news for SA as the South African unemployment rate has grown and is now at a record high rate of 32.6 percent compared to last year's 32.5 percent

- According to various South African news reports, this marginal increase is forcing little children to become their family's sole breadwinners

- Among the reason for the spike in the unemployment rate, is the fact that people have become discouraged about looking for permanent employment considering the country's current environment

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SA Stats recently shared that the unemployment rate in the country has increased by 0.1 percent taking it from 32.5% to 32.6%. This means that 28 000 people have joined the growing number of unemployed South Africans which sits at just under 7.2 million.

SA youth and unemployment

According to SA stats, the unemployment rates were among the youth with those between 15 and 24 seeing a 63.3% unemployment rate while those in the 25 and 34 age have an unemployment rate of 41.3%.

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SA Unemployment Rate Takes a Turn for the Worst, Reaches All Time High
SA's unemployment rate has increased. Image: Waldo Swiegers
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Locals voice their concerns

South Africans are deeply concerned about the matter and have headed online to share their thoughts about the dire unemployment situation in the country.

@Sako_za said:

"This clearly shows that the people in charge are not winning in trying to resolve the #unemployment issue if they are even trying at all. Something has got to give, new young and qualified people need to be given a chance and take over."

@wamaphoolo said:

"They need to be given land. Europeans are the no1 employers and will ensure their offspring are largely employed before they can think of Africans though they build everything on the native's inheritance(land natural & human resources). Without land, one is doomed"

@ThembaMsika said:

"Who are innovators and job creators and what is stopping them from creating jobs?"

Briefly News also reported that a local graduate's desperate plea for work has Mzansi feeling a little heartbroken. The young woman is an accomplished accounting graduate but still seems to have trouble finding a job.

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Her touching story was shared by Twitter user @advovolicious who selflessly encouraged his many followers to share the young woman's details, just in case a potential employer might be looking.

"If you come across this please rt for her as her bosses might be in your tl," he generously posted.

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