SA unemployment rate increases to 34.9% in Q3

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey found that the number of employed persons decreased by 660,000 in the third quarter of 2021 to 14.3 million, while the number of unemployed persons decreased by 183,000 to 7.6 million compared to the second quarter of 2021.

FILE: Unemployed builders, tilers and plumbers hold signs seeking jobs on the side of the road in Johannesburg in November 2019. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's official unemployment rate increased to 34.9% in the third quarter of 2021, according to data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa on Tuesday.

This figure increased by 0.5 of a percentage point from the second quarter figure of 34.4%.

This is the highest its been since 2008.

The survey found that the number of employed persons decreased by 660,000 in the third quarter of 2021 to 14.3 million, while the number of unemployed persons decreased by 183,000 to 7.6 million compared to the second quarter of 2021.

The unemployment rate according to the expanded definition rose by 2.2 percentage points to 46.6%.