* Notes

The data for this story was drawn from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, Q1 2019, published by Stats SA.

"Working Age" in South Africa is classified as anyone betweeen 15 and 64 years of age.

Stats SA categorises people as either "employed", unemployed or not economically active. The "not active" category includes students and stay-at-home parents, as well as a group of "discouraged job-seekers" who have given up on finding a job.
There are 38.3 million working age people in South Africa.*
[s2] Of the 38.3 million working age South Africans, 22 million are either not economically active, or they are unemployed.
[s3]Of the 22 million that do not have a job, 12.8 million are not economically active (students, stay-at-home parents etc), 6.2 million are looking for work, and 3 million have given up looking for a job.
[s4]A significant number of the unemployed in South Africa have been looking for a job for months or, in most cases, years.
[s5] The vast majority (4.2 million) have been without work for a year or more.
[s6] And almost 2 million South African's have been without a formal job for more than 5 years.
[s7]Youth unemployment is significant with 62% of the unemployed being under the age of 35.
[s8]Many of the unemployed have been unable to find work after school or lost their jobs between the ages of 25 and 35.
[s8]There are more economically inactive people (including discouraged job-seekers) in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo than there are employed people. And in all cases, there are more inactive residents than unemployed.
[s8]People with only a primary school education make up the vast majority of numbers in all 3 categories. As levels of education icrease, employment increases and unemployment decreases significantly.
* Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey, Q1 2019
Working Age: 15 - 64 years of age
Unemployment in
South Africa
Unemployment in South Africa
[s1] Unemployment in South Africa has been on the increase over the past 10 years. In December 2008, 21.5% of South Africans were unemployed. By March 2019 that number had increased to 27.7%.

Long-term unemployment (people unemployed for a year or more) increased from 2.6 million to 4.3 million.
Unemployment in South Africa
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