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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: IOL by Luyolo Mkentane.]

Youth unemployment in South Africa surged to 52.4 percent in the first quarter from51.1 percent recorded in the fourth quarter of last year.

Data from the StatisticsSouth Africa (Stats SA) QuarterlyLabour Force Survey yesterday showed that job seekers between 15 and 24 years remained on the receiving end of the unemployment scourge despite President Cyril Ramaphosalaunching the Youth Employment Service in March to address the problem.

Stats SA said unemployment maintained the 15-year high, remaining unchanged at 26.7 percent despite a slight increase in employment with the formal sector adding 111 000jobs and the informal sector contributing 93 000.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.9% y/y in August 2018 (CPI) & +6.3 y/y in August 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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