South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 27.6 percent of the labour force in the first quarter of 2019 from 27.1 percent in the final quarter of last year, the statistics agency said on Tuesday.

In its quarterly labour force survey, Statistics South Africa said the number of employed people decreased by 237,000 to 16.3 million in the first quarter, while that of jobless people increased by 62,000 to 6.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.

This resulted in a decrease of 176,000 or 0.8 percent in the number of people in the labour force while the absorption rate fell by 0.7 percentage points to 42.6 percent.

The stats also revealed that the unemployment rate is higher for women than men. 

The youth unemployment rate also remains high;

People then took to social media to voice their opinions regarding the stats;

-ANA and additional reporting by Nosipho Nyide