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SA youth unemployment rate rises

The rate has risen to 25.5 percent, the highest it’s been since the first labour force survey in 2008.

FILE: The rate has risen to 25.5 percent, the highest it’s been since the first labour force survey in 2008.

JOHANNESBURG - The number of young people without a job in South Africa has risen to 36 percent in the latest figures released by statistics South Africa.

The unemployment rate has risen to 25.5 percent, the highest it's been since the first labour force survey in 2008.

Independent economist Trudi Makhaya says more than 60 percent of the unemployed have now been without a job for longer than a year.

"This is the highest number of people that have been recorded as unemployed. But some of the features of unemployment are also troubling.

"The depth of unemployment is also a problem because about 3 million of the 5 million have been out of a job for more than a year."