The rate has risen to 25.5 percent, the highest it’s been since the first labour force survey in 2008.
Africa Check unpacks South Africa’s unemployment figures.
Politicians from various parties took part in Youth Day celebrations across South Africa on Monday.
Statistics South Africa says the rate has worsened by 3.4 percent since 2008.
DA leader Helen Zille is addressing a workers Day rally in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
Statistics South Africa says unemployed South Africans will find it increasingly hard to find work.