The third quarter’s jobs print was also the highest jobless rate since the third quarter of 2017 when it was recorded at a 13-year high of 27.7 percent.
The key mining and manufacturing sectors were once again the biggest culprits in the jobs bloodbath, shedding 54 000 jobs between them in the third quarter. The mining sector workforce, which stood at 446 000 at the end of last year’s third quarter, has plunged to 406 000.
In all, the number of unemployed persons rose by 127 000 to 6.2 million in the period, while 92 000 jobs were created in the period, taking the labour force to 16.4 million.
Statistics SA said the country’s unemployment has since 2008 raced from 21.5 percent to almost 28 percent.