Agricultural sector creates jobs despite unemployment rate rising

6 August 2019. The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) results released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that the official unemployment rate in South Africa jumped to 29% in the second quarter of the year, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from the rate of 27.6% in the first quarter of 2019. This is the highest jobless rate since the start of 2008, which means about 6.7 million aged between 15 and 64 years were unemployed in the second quarter of 2019. Read more…