Labour Force in South-Africa


Stats SA

An overview on the labour force in South Africa



This is the summary for the labour force in South-Africa

South Africa has the highest unemployment rate on the African continent and globally. As of 2021, the unemployment rate stood at almost 34%

The youth is not absorbed in the labor market

South Africa has a large young population. As of 2021, of the almost 60 million South Africans, 26.7 million were aged 24 years and younger. The job market should eventually absorb these youth. Although unemployment rates were high among adults of both genders, the main driver of unemployment in the country was the extremely high level of unemployment among youth.

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