- South Africa's unemployment rate has swelled up to 30.1%, the highest in the last 10 years
- The most vulnerable populations are black South Africans, the youth and women
- Users on Twitter have reacted to the stats, calling on the government to effect change
On Tuesday, the Department of Statistics South Africa published the latest statistics on unemployment in the country and the numbers look grim.
Stats SA revealed that for the unemployment rate has risen to its highest in 10 years. The unemployment rate, which is exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, now sits at 30.1%.
The number of employed dropped by 38 000 between January and March, decreasing the number of employed people to 16.4 million.
The numbers look particularly grim for Black South Africans, the youth and women.
One Twitter user called the South African youth a "ticking time bomb" as the unemployment rate for those aged 25 to 34 is 37.3%, more than double that of those aged 45 to 54, which is 17.5%.
Another user said the latest statistics are just a horror movie trailer and the rest of the "movie" will even be worse.
A concerned citizen pointed out the dire problems in the Eastern Cape, which is South Africa's poorest province.
One user suggested that it is time for the South African government to build factories in South Africa instead of malls.
According to News24, South Africa currently has the sixth-highest number of shopping centres in the world and more malls are being built, despite the rising unemployment rate.
Another user supported the idea of industrialisation:
One user blamed the current South African education system for not equipping people with the work experience they will need once they leave university:
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