South Africa's official unemployment rate for the second quarter worsened to a record of 34.4%, and economists expect this to worsen if the impact of the unrest in July is taken into account.
Stats SA on Tuesday released the quarterly labour force survey, which showed that unemployment is at its highest since the survey was started in 2008.
The country's total jobless - those who are seeking work but cannot find jobs - now amount to 7.8 million, compared to 7.2 million recorded in the first quarter. Steep losses were recorded in the formal sector. Taking into account the 3.3 million discouraged work seekers - those who want to work but have given up searching for jobs - the number of jobless comes to over 11 million.