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Stats SA: Over 3.3m young South Africans unemployed

More sobering still is that the vast majority of those unemployed youth are not pursuing any kind of study.

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CAPE TOWN - Statistics South Africa has released figures that paint a bleak picture for young South Africans. Stats SA's Quarterly Labour Force Survey reveals there are more than three million South Africans, aged between 15 and 24, who are neither employed nor pursuing higher education.

There are 10 million South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24.

Over 54% of them are unemployed.

More sobering still is that the vast majority of those unemployed youth are not pursuing any kind of study.

That's 3.3 million young people who literally have nothing to do.

Youth unemployment remains stubbornly high in South Africa; it's more than double the rate of unemployment in older sectors of the population.

Statistics South Africa released its second quarter unemployment numbers earlier on Monday.

It reveals the country shed 113,000 jobs over that period.

The number of job-seekers has also declined by 37,000.