With the announcement of South Africa’s unemployment rate sitting at 34.9% in the third quarter of 2021, Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey paints a difficult picture for the country. Following the release of the QLFS, economist and journalist Duma Gqubule described the country’s current unemployment rate a ‘national disgrace‘.
The number of discouraged job-seekers rose to 3.9 million. Zooming in on youth unemployment, young people aged 15-24 years and 25-34 years recorded the highest unemployment rates of 66,5% and 43,8% respectively. The number of young people not in employment, education or training also soared to 9.4 million.
Youth Capital’s Network Mobiliser Lethiwe Sinodumo Nkosi commented on the announcement with Ayanda Nyathi on Newzroom Afrika, highlighting the urgency of including young people’s voices and experiences.