South Africa’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from the fourth quarter of last year at 26-point-seven percent. However, according to newly-released Statistics South Africa data, the total of people without jobs increased slightly to six-million in the first quarter.
— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) May 15, 2018
Job losses were recorded in the Transport, Mining and Agricultural sectors. The number of discouraged work-seekers increased by 249000, while the number of person who are not economically active decreased by 403000
Many took to social media to express their grievances with the system of employment in South Africa and how unemployment has been hurting their lives. Many say that their graduate degrees have done little to alleviate their own employment situation.
#unemployment is a serious issue in South Africa. Most of us we are graduates and we are unemployed. In order for us to get a job we have to offer something. It must be difficult to a black South African. I so wish to taste the freedom that every one is talking about.
— Zandile Mpele (@zandile_mpele) May 15, 2018
— Trendsmap SthAfrica (@TrendsSthAfrica) May 15, 2018
Statistician-General Risenga Maluleka says only 16-point-four-million people account for the employed, while six-million account for the unemployed.