HILARY JOFFE: The mystery at the centre of the shock jobs data

11 August 2019 - 00:09 By HILARY JOFFE

Why did almost a quarter of a million South Africans decide between March and June that this was a great time to start looking for a job?

Stats SA has no idea, and nor, it seems, does anyone else. But it was this that caused the unemployment rate to jump 1.4 percentage points in the second quarter, to a frightening 29%...

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