Stats SA: Over 6 million people are jobless in South Africa

Statistics South Africa has on Tuesday released its quarterly labour force survey which shows that the unemployment rate rose to 27.2% from 26.7% in the first three months of this year.

Statistician General of Stats SA Risenga Maluleka says unemployment increased by 0.5% point from the previous quarter which shows that 6.1 million people are without jobs in South Africa.

Read: "We can't grow our economy when our working population is unemployed"

We have 2.9 million people who were discouraged job seekers and another 12.6 million people who are not economically active. This means that they are not working and they are not looking for employment for whatever reason.

Risenga Maluleke, Statistician General at Stats SA

Maluleke says that the manufacturing sector saw the most job losses of about 105 jobs in the second quarter and social services has lost 93 000 jobs.

There are sectors that have gained, but there were not enough to obstruct the trend of going upwards on unemployment. Transport has gained 64 000 jobs, and construction gained 45 000 jobs.

Risenga Maluleke, Statistician General at Stats SA

The unemployment of black females is sitting at 33.2% which is the highest if you look at the population groups. And if you compare the unemployment of black women to that of white women, white women are sitting at 7.4% and that of coloureds is sitting at 12.2%.

Risenga Maluleke, Statistician General at Stats SA

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