The July unrest that turned into violent looting is one of the reasons for the unemployment figures increase – and South African women are the biggest losers.
The number of unemployed women has risen to 37.3% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to 32.9% among men.
Black women, who make up 41.5% of the unemployed were hardest hit. White women have an unemployment figure of 9.9%, Indian/Asian women are at 25.2%, coloured women are at 29.1%.
The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for quarter 3 released by Statistics SA on Tuesday, showed how continued lockdown restrictions, load shedding and the July riots impacted jobs in the country.
The civil unrest in July affected Gauteng and KZN – the two provinces which account for half of the country’s economic activity.
South Africa’s unemployment rate reached a record 34.9% – half a percentage point higher than in the second quarter and is now at its highest point since the start of the QLFS in 2008.
The expanded unemployment rate which includes discouraged work seekers who have given up looking for work increased by 2.2% to 46.6% in the third quarter.
Some 3.4 million (33.5%) out of 10.2 million young people aged between 15 and 24 years of age were not in employment, education or training.
In the three months to end-September, the number of employed people in South Africa fell by 660,000 to 14.3 million.