Jobless rate rises to 26.4% in Q1 2015

Amounting to 5.535m people without work in the first three months of the year.

South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 26.4% of the labour force in the first quarter of 2015 from 24.3% in the fourth quarter of last year, data showed on Tuesday.

In its quarterly labour force survey, which polls households, Statistics South Africa said this amounted to 5.535 million people without work in the first three months of the year, from 4.909 million in the last quarter of 2014.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, was at 36.1% in the first quarter from 34.6% previously.

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