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SA’s Official Unemployment Rate Increases To 32.9%

Pressure is mounting on the African National Congress (ANC) as more jobseekers struggle to secure employment.

The country’s unemployment rate has risen again, leaving millions of South Africans in poverty.

The official unemployment rate increased to 32.9% in the first quarter of the year, up from 32.1% in the previous quarter.

Stats SA released the latest employment figures on Tuesday.

More than 8 million people are unable to find jobs.

Already the highest in the world, the 32.9% unemployment rate has reached a new record.

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) was released just two weeks before the country’s crucial general elections.

This increase is expected to be a setback for the governing ANC, as voters contend with the alarmingly high unemployment rate.

Political parties are likely to use the crisis as leverage for votes, with promises of new jobs.

The expanded unemployment rate also rose by 0.8 percentage points, reaching 41.9% in the first quarter.

The expanded definition of unemployment includes people discouraged from job-seeking or those who have other reasons for not searching.