Tuesday, 14 May 2019 11:43

South Africa's Unemployment Rate Climbs

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South Africa's unemployment rate increased to 27.6 percent in the first quarter of 2019, the highest since late 2017, Stats SA announced on Tuesday.

 

Pretoria.- According to the data provided by that agency, from January to March 2019, the number of employed persons decreased by 237,000 to 16.3 million in those months, while the number of unemployed persons increased by 62,000 to 6.2 million compared to the last quarter of 2018.

Unemployment remains among the first obstacles the South African government is facing, which organized important national meetings last year with the intention of promoting the hiring of those who lack jobs.

For this, authorities also have implemented a broad plan to attract investment, one of the fundamental ways to increase the labor market and influence the attempts to reduce poverty.

Unemployment, poverty and inequality are among the priorities the new government of the African National Congress has to face, which emerged victorious in the May 8 elections. (PL)

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