Youth Unemployment on the Increase

New research reveals the proportion of youth under the age of 24 who cannot find work is now at a shocking 74 percent in South Africa

Youth unemployment in South Africa is gnawing at its economic recovery as new research reveals the proportion of youth under the age of 24 who cannot find work is now at a shocking 74 percent.

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) executive director, Miriam Altman, points out that the new data shows this is the heart of the economic problem, adding that 75 percent of the job losses experienced during the 2009/2010 recession were people under the age of 34.

Altman has further urged the government to expand the Further Education and Training system, increase employment in lower, entry-level grades of the public service, extend the Expanded Public Works Programme, support small-scale agriculture, and introducing incentives for job/job-seeker matching.

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