Unemployment rate drops – Stats SA

2015-02-10 13:04

South Africa’s official unemployment rate for the fourth quarter of 2014 dropped 1.1 percentage point to 24.3%, says Statistics SA.

“On a quarter-to-quarter [basis] there has been a decline in the levels of people who are unemployed,” deputy director general for population and social statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng, told reporters in Pretoria today.

A total of 242 000 people found work in the fourth quarter last year. A total of 4.9 million people were officially unemployed.

The official unemployment rate is made up of those who are jobless, but actively looking for work.

The expanded unemployment rate, which includes people who have given up looking for a job, was 34.6%, or 8.1 million people.

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