S.Africa unemployment rises to 25.6%

30th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

Almost 26 percent of South Africans are now out of work, according to official data released Tuesday, which showed a worsening of the country's already dire labour problems.

The unemployment rate in the second quarter ticked up to 25.6 percent, from the 25.2 percent rate seen at the start of the year, according to Statistics South Africa.

Around 4.7 million South Africans could not find employment, as lagging growth led to slow job creation.

Around 100,000 jobs were created from April to June this year, but that was offset by a growing number of people returning to the job market to look for work.

© 2013 AFP

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