Pali Lehohla: Tertiary education the key to tackling unemployment

Stats SA released the latest unemployment figures which stand at 27.7%, the highest it has been in 13 years.

FILE: Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says the key to tackling unemployment is tertiary education.

Stats SA released the latest unemployment figures which stand at 27.7%, the highest it has been in 13 years.

While some sectors showed employment growth, this was offset by three times as many new job-seekers.

Of the 22.4 million in South Africa’s labour force; 6.2 million are unemployed, that’s 433,000 more unemployed people compared the fourth quarter of last year.

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More than half of those were young people between the ages of 15 and 34, which has increased the youth unemployment rate by 1.6% to 38.6%.

Lehohla says the data points towards a solution.

“When up to matric doesn’t deliver the values, and post-matric you have to continue to tertiary and that’s where the skills are built and that’s where jobs come in.”

The unemployment rate for people with an education level of less than matric is at 33%.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)