SA unemployment rate hits highest level since Q1 of 2008

South Africa's unemployment rate has increased by 1.4% in the second quarter of 2019 to 29%, according to data released by Statistics South Africa.

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JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's unemployment rate has increased by 1.4% in the second quarter of 2019 to 29%, the highest level since the first quarter of 2008, according to data released by Statistics South Africa.

The increase was a result of the number of people who were unemployed rising by 455,000 and the increase in the number of people who were employed rising by 21,000.

Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Tuesday.

The data showed a slight increase from 27.6% in the first quarter.

Maluleke said this was the highest that the unemployment rate had gone since the survey was begun in 2008.