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Govt blames lack of skills for youth unemployment

Figures show that more than 48% of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed.

FILE: Unemployed Atlantis residents queue outside the Hisense Factory, hoping to find work. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The government says a shortage of post-school opportunities has resulted in an increase in the country's youth unemployment rate.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe released the findings today as part of South Africa's development indicators for 2014.

The indicators monitor the progress of implemented policies against national targets.

South Africa's latest development indicators show that one in every four young people actively looking for a job is unemployed.

The figures show that more than 48 percent of youth between 15 and 24 years of age are unemployed.

Authorities say unemployment is intensified by a lack of skills among young people.

Radebe says re-industrialisation and diversification of the economy are necessary to boost employment.

He says measures are being put in place by the Public Works Department to boost job creation in areas like construction.