South Africa’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 30.8%, Highest Since 2008

According to reports by the AFP, South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 30.8 per cent between July and September 2020. This is the highest level since 2008, according to government figures released on Thursday and made available to the media.

The statement said, “In the 3rd quarter of 2020, there were significant movements in the South African labour market… which resulted in a significant increase of 7.5 percentage points in the unemployment rate to 30.8%,” the national statistics agency StatsSA said. “This is the highest unemployment rate recorded since the start of the (Quarterly Labour Force Survey) in 2008,” the statement concluded.

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