Limpopo Records The Highest Unemployment Rate (One Million And Escalating)

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POLOKWANE: Limpopo has the deepest crisis of unemployment, so is the country. There is no other country whereas large a proportion of the population has been without work for as long. Set its complexity, along with its gigantic societal and civil consequences, job loss is a crisis to which every politician and policy document refers.

Limpopo Records The Highest Unemployment Rate (One Million And Escalating)

Limpopo records the highest unemployment losses within the nine provinces of South Africa. During the last three months of 2019, 35 000 more people in Limpopo province lost their jobs as per Statistics SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the Fourth Quarter 2019.

DA leader in the province Jacques Smalle, never blinked an eye after the release of stats. He stated their discontentment with staggering numbers unemployed in Limpopo. He further said that “people of Limpopo are becoming poorer, and the provincial economy is shrinking and excludes more and more people from accessing economic opportunities.

"This comes after more than 77 000 people in the province already lost their jobs last year. These year-on-year losses were the highest nationally. The largest expanded unemployment rate, up by 2.1 % to 44% was recorded in Limpopo," he continued.

"The total Limpopo labour force is recorded at 1,821 million, out of these 391 000 individuals are unable to find work, while 531 000 persons have given up looking for a job altogether", he said.

"This bleak economic outlook is as a direct result of the ANC government's disastrous management of the economy. Under Premier Stan Mathabatha the executive continues to spend state funds irregularly and recklessly without impunity."

"During the last 12 months, Limpopo’s unemployment rate increased by 6.6%, from 16.5% in October - December in 2018 to 23.1% for the same period in 2019."

"Job losses were experienced across all sectors but the Trade Sector shed 51 000 jobs during the last quarter. The Trade sectors comprise mainly of the private sector and entrepreneurs. These losses will have a devastating long-term effect on the decreasing expendable income of the middle class and on the provincial economic development and poverty reduction." He concluded.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 29.1%. There are approximately 10 million people, between the age of 15-24 who are not in employment, education or training, the Stats SA stated.