Unemployment rate unchanged at 29.1% in fourth quarter of 2019 - Stats SA

According to data from Statistics South Africa the country's official unemployment rate has remained at 29.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey.

RELATED: Worst unemployment rate in 16 years. 455 000 more people jobless than a year ago

Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report chats to Labour Statistics acting chief director Malerato Mosiane to give more insight on the matter.

We have seen an increase of 45,000 in the number of people employed between the first quarter and the fourth quarter. But in terms of people who are unemployed, there is a decline of 8,000 quarter on quarter.

Malerato Mosiane, Acting chief director - Labour Statistics

There has been an increase in employment in the community and social services which gained 113,000 jobs and there has also been an increase of 76,000 jobs in the finance industry, she explains.

If you have a tertiary qualification you stand a better chance of entering the labour market but those who don't have a tertiary education, we see a higher rate of unemployment within those groups.

Malerato Mosiane, Acting chief director - Labour Statistics

Listen below to the full conversation:


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