Unemployment: Youth, black women bear the brunt

The youth and black women are bearing the brunt of South Africa’s struggling economy. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG -The youth and black women are bearing the brunt of South Africa’s struggling economy.

Stats SA's latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey shows that our unemployment rate has hit the highest level in 11 years, at just over 29 percent.

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These two groups are the most vulnerable.

The unemployment rate of black women is currently more than 30 percent. 

The youth is also the most vulnerable group when it comes to finding a job.

South Africa’s unemployment rate increased to 29.1 percent in Q3 of 2019, the highest since Q1 of 2008.

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More than 58 percent of the youth between the ages of 15 to 24 are unemployed.

“I just want to see myself one day being capable of taking care of myself and my family. I fail to do that. For now, it’s really tough,” said job seeker, Lerato Thaba.

The latest unemployment figures show that government’s campaigns to create jobs and attract investment have had little traction.

Source
eNCA