South Africa’s official unemployment rate was unchanged at its record high of 29.1 percent of the labour force in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with the third quarter, the national statistics agency revealed on Tuesday.

Statistics South Africa said the results of its latest quarterly labour force survey showed that the number of employed people increased by 45,000 to 16.4 million while that of unemployed ones decreased by 8,000 to 6.7 million in the fourth quarter.

This resulted in an increase of 38,000 in the labour force.

The formal sector recorded the largest employment increase of 117,000 followed by agriculture with 6,000.

Employment in the informal sector declined by 77,000.