SA's unemployed population in two shocking graphics

01 November 2018 - 08:43 By Odwa Mjo
There are 6.2-million people between the ages of 15 and 64 unemployed in South Africa.
There are 6.2-million people between the ages of 15 and 64 unemployed in South Africa.
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The quarterly labour force survey released by Statistics South Africa this week has revealed that there are 6.2-million people between the ages of 15 and 64 who are unemployed.

This is a greater number than the populations of Lesotho, Botswana and eSwatini combined. The three neighbouring countries have a combined population of 5.8-million.

The quarterly survey released shows a 0.3 percentage point increase in unemployment in South Africa - the highest it's been this year.

Based on mid-term population estimates released by Stats SA, the unemployed population is greater than the population of Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.

To combat unemployment, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service Initiative earlier this year. Its aim is to give a million young people work opportunities in the next three years. South Africa also hosted a jobs summit in October, which was attended by representatives of the public and private sectors. The summit's objective is to create 275,000 in a year.

Here are five revelations from the survey released on October 30. 


1. 6.2-million South Africans are currently unemployed, with 4.3-million being unemployed for more than a year.

2. More men (51.4%) than women were employed in the last 10 years. 

3. Youth unemployment is currently sitting at 52.8%

4. The number of unemployed people between age 15 and 64 increased by 127,000 in the third quarter of the year.

5. South Africans without a matric certificate are the most affected by unemployment, with 56.1% of them being unemployed.

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