Unemployment drops – Stats SA

2012-02-07 11:30

The unemployment rate fell to 23.9% between the third and fourth quarters of last year.

“Between the third and fourth quarters of 2011, the number of unemployed persons decreased by 198 000,” Kefiloe Masiteng, Statistics SA deputy director general of population and social statistics told reporters in Pretoria today.

However, 4.2 million people in South Africa were still unemployed.

Of those unemployed, 2.9 million – or 67.5% – had been looking for work for a year or longer.

About 60.6% of job seekers did not have matric.

“This means they stand higher chances of remaining unemployed going into the future because of their levels of education,” Masiteng said.

The Stats SA definition of the unemployed refers to those people surveyed without work who have actively looked for work and would have been able to start work in the week they were interviewed.

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