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SA's unemployment hits highest rate in 11 years

On Tuesday, Stats SA said the unemployment rate had risen to 29.1% in the third quarter of 2019.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s unemployment rate has hit its highest level in 11 years.

On Tuesday, Stats SA said the unemployment rate was 29.1% in the third quarter of 2019.

This is a slight increase from 29% in the quarter before.

It said 6.7 million people were currently unemployed in the three months to September 30, a slight increase from the second quarter.

Statistician general Risenga Maluleke said it was the highest unemployment rate since the survey started in 2008.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, was 38.5%, unchanged from the previous quarter.

The government has embarked on a campaign to create jobs and investment, but the figures show that there has been no improvement so far.