COVID-19 widens urban-rural gap - HSRC report

An HSRC report suggests that COVID-19 has widened the gap between cities and rural areas. HSRC research specialist Justin Visagie speaks to eNCA. Courtesy #DStv403 #eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The unemployment crisis in rural areas is worsening.

A Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) report suggests COVID-19 has widened the gap between cities and rural areas.

The report says job losses in rural areas are continuing even though the lockdown has eased.

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HSRC Researcher Justin Visagie says unemployment rates jumped dramatically in both cities and rural areas.

"For a rough sense of the trends, in 2017 the difference between cities and rural areas in the unemployment rate, was about 12 percentage points. If you were living in a rural area, you would face an unemployment rate of around 30%. If you were living in a city, you would face an unemployment rate of about 20%. Since the start of COVID-19 and the lockdown, We saw unemployment rates jump up dramatically in both cities and rural areas. The key difference is the trend over time. Rural areas have ended up with an unemployment rate of 52%."

The total number of confirmed cases is in South Africa is  703,793.

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SA's recoveries are at 643,543 people, indicating a 90% recovery rate.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

Source
eNCA