unemployment

​High Unemployment: More Asylum Seeks in SA

According a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in the midst of staggeringly high unemployment figures, South Africa hosted more asylum seekers than any other country in the world at the end of 2015.

In the first quarter of 2016, unemployment rose to 26.7 percent from 24.5 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.

This translates to more than five million people in South Africa who are actively seeking employment, the figure excludes millions of job seekers who have given up looking for work.

​NGO Discovers ‘Very Poor’ Family in Limpopo

A Filthy worn-out mattress on beer crates is the only item resembling a bed inside a dilapidated two-room structure shared by 15 members of a family living in Limpopo.

The family's plight was recently discovered by a land rights organisation, Nkuzi Development Association, which is now trying to seek intervention from various provincial government departments.

NGO Criticises SA Over Minimum Wage

Lobby group, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) says that the introduction of a national minimum wage will likely increase the country’s unemployment rate.

In a press statement, the organisation warns that, “Raising the minimum wage and making it applicable nationally, cannot fail to increase unemployment.”

It argues: “Rather than consider a national minimum wage, intended to raise the wages of people who already have jobs, government should be giving its full attention to creating conditions that will lead to an increase in the demand for labour.”

NGO Tackles Act for Being Unconstitutional

A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has reserved judgment in a constitutional challenge by the Free Market Foundation (FMF) to Section 32 of the Labour Relations Act, which it blames for the country’s unemployment rate.

The FMF took Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and 23 bargaining councils to court to have the section of the Act– which compels the labour minister to extend bargaining council agreements across entire industry sectors, subject to representivity conditions - declared unconstitutional.

NGO Tackles Act for Being Unconstitutional

A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has reserved judgment in a constitutional challenge by the Free Market Foundation (FMF) to Section 32 of the Labour Relations Act, which it blames for the country’s unemployment rate.

The FMF took Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and 23 bargaining councils to court to have the section of the Act– which compels the labour minister to extend bargaining council agreements across entire industry sectors, subject to representivity conditions - declared unconstitutional.

42 000 Jobs in the Last Quarter of 2014

A total of 42 000 new formal jobs were created in the fourth quarter last year outside the agricultural sector.
 
The figures released by Statistics South Africa (STATS SA) put the number of employed individuals at almost nine million.
 
The stats indicates that South Africa is still moving at a snail's pace in creating new jobs adding that majority of the jobs are not sustainable.
 

SA to Provide Grants to the Unemployed

Government is planning to introduce social assistance to unemployed South Africans between the ages of 19 and 59 who do not receive support from government.

However, it is not clear yet whether this will be in the form of a grant, but Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says government must ensure unemployed people in this age group were able to put food on the table every day.

Dlamini was quoted as saying that government has focused on social relief mainly for malnourished children, but the reality is South Africa has malnourished adults in South Africa too.

US: Zim Unemployment 5.42 Percent

The United Nations states that Zimbabwe's unemployment rate is 5.42 percent.

Unemployment rates in Zimbabwe are often reported to be between 80 and 90 percent, but these rates did not take into account the vast numbers of people in informal employment.

According to a chart published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Zimbabwe's real unemployment rate has hovered around five percent since 2006.

70 Percent Youth Unemployed

According to the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Risk Report, youth unemployment in South Africa stands at a staggering 70 percent.

The report states that South Africa has the third-highest unemployment rate in the world for people between the ages of 15 and 24.

It says graduates and matriculants are struggling to find jobs due to stiff competition in the job market, adding that most of the young people today want everything now and it is that microwave generation.

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