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Black women and youth most vulnerable in SA job market

In the third quarter of the 2021/2022 financial year, the unemployment rate among black women is 39.1% – which is 4% higher than the national average for women.

Women wait by the road hoping for work, in East London.

JOHANNESBURG – The latest unemployment numbers show that black women and the youth remain the most vulnerable in the South African job market.

READ: SA still among countries with most joblessness in the world – Stats SA

South Africa seems to be on the mend in terms of employment as the country recorded its second consecutive decline in unemployment.

The unemployment rate dropped from 33.9% in the second quarter of the 2021/2022 financial year to 32.9% in the third quarter – meaning 204,000 jobs were gained during this period.

In the third quarter of the 2021/2022 financial year, the unemployment rate among black women is 39.1% – which is 4% higher than the national average for women.

Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke said this is a yearly trend.

“Further you look at people in long-term unemployment out of the 7.7 million unemployed, you have about 5.9 million that are long-term unemployed.

“When we say long-term unemployment, we are talking about those that haven’t been employed for a year or longer and that accounts for about 77% of the unemployed people.”

READ: SA shed 86,000 jobs in Q2 – Stats SA

Out of the 11.2 million unemployed people according to the expanded definition – approximately 3.5 million are young people between 15 and 24 who are not in employment, education or training.

Unemployment among youth between 25 and 34 also remains high at 40.5%.

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