Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
4 minute read
12 Nov 2020
6:00 pm

Unemployment crisis at its worst yet, and not ending soon

Ina Opperman

It seems that the worst of the unemployment crisis has hit South Africa during the third quarter of the year and growth of employment is expected from this level as more sectors of the economy start to open now.

A man begging for change in Randburg, holds a sign hoping for donations, 12 November 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

According to the latest figures in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) issued by StatsSA, unemployment, according to its expanded definition, has significantly increased by 7,5 percentage points to 43,1% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of the year. Prof. Jannie Rossouw, interim head of the Wits Business School, says the statistical impact was to be expected, given the aberration in the stats published in the previous quarter, when the unemployment figures on the narrow definition of people who actively looked for jobs were completely distorted because people could not look for work during the...