Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

South African provinces with the lowest and highest unemployment

South Africa’s unemployment rate is alarming. Here’s the picture, broken down by province.

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South Africa’s unemployment rate currently sits at 27.6%, a 0.5 percentage-point increase from the data collected for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

The figures are grim. Six of the country’s nine provinces
recorded an increase in unemployment from the fourth quarter of 2018 compared
to the first quarter of 2019.

Provinces with the biggest increase in unemployment

Mpumalanga (up by 2,2 percentage points), Limpopo and Free
State (up by 2,0 percentage points each), and Eastern Cape (up by 1,3
percentage points) were the provinces with the biggest increase.

Note: Fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Provinces where unemployment decreased

KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Gauteng were the only
provinces that recorded decreases in the unemployment rate (0,5 of a percentage
point, 0,2 of a percentage point and 0,1 of a percentage point, respectively).

Note: Fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Year-on-year, the picture is different. The Western Cape,
Northern Cape and Limpopo were the only provinces to record decreases
year-on-year.

Market analysts predicted this slump at the beginning of the
year when Stats SA released Q4’s figures, which showed a labour market spurt in
growth.

According to Annabel Bishop, a group economist from
Investec, the decrease in employment is the eventuality of traditional
increased economic behaviour during the festive season.

“The December and festive season tend to see more additional employment from retailers, from shop assistants and obviously the tourism sector as well and that tend to see a little bit of mild improvement. We’re not expecting to see a dramatic improvement.” she had said in February.

South African provinces with the highest unemployed rates

  • Eastern Cape – 37.4 %
  • Free State – 34.9 %
  • Mpumalanga – 34.2 %
  • Gauteng – 28.9 %
  • South Africa – 27.6 %
  • North West – 26.4 %
  • Northern Cape – 26.0 %
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 25.1 %
  • Western Cape – 19.5 %
  • Limpopo – 18.5 %

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