By Daniel Itai, Pretoria, South Africa
Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) has attributed today’s quarterly unemployment figures to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The southern African country has since lost 2.2 million jobs in the second quarter of the current financial year.
“The share of people who were employed declined and when they lost their jobs those 2.2 million were just seated and didn’t look for employment.
They attributed this to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown hence, the increase of the unemployment figures.
Moreover, 17.6 didn’t receive salaries and 21.8 percent had a reduction of their salaries thus, for those who were employed. This thing is not only peculiar to South Africa but the rest of the world,” said Statistician-General, Risenga Maluleke.
The country has already seen a 51 percent reduction in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which some economists have predicted will further worsen the unemployment figures.