- South Africa's unemployment statistics have been released and the nation's youth is lamenting the struggle
- Some feel that the situation is hopeless, hinting that job hunting would be a seemingly permanent way of life for many
- Briefly.co.za explores the reactions of South Africans to the announcement
South Africans have learnt on Thursday that the unemployment rate has once again spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stats SA confirmed that the unemployment rate for South Africans aged 15-24 increased by 9 percentage points to a staggering 61.3%
With a large number of citizens facing a future without much hope for obtaining employment, the situation was soon trending on social media.
Social media influencer, Man's Not Barry Roux, commented that citizens are in pain in his response:
"South Africans are in pain day and night. They suffer depression because of unemployment! Many have been searching for jobs for years, as many as 5 years and more. I'm talking people who did their best to educate themselves against all odds to improve their lives."
Another user, @_s_k_1_4, commented that some citizens may well wait forever:
"It's quite possible that we will have a large portion of the youth that will grow old without ever entering the job market. They will job hunt until being eligible for a government pension."
@FunkyLebepe weighed in, making it clear that in her opinion the government is to blame for the situation:
"ANC government is on a mission to make unemployment and corruption 100% they are on a mission to destroy this country"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africa's unemployment rate has increased by 7.5 percentage points to 30.8% in the third quarter of 2020.
Statistics South Africa released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Thursday, confirming that the number of employed South Africans increased by 543 000 to 14.7 million in comparison to the second quarter of the year.
In addition to this, the report found that unemployment increased by 2.2 million to 6.5 million compared to the second quarter, an increase of 2.8 million (15.1%) in the number of citizens in the workforce.
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