According to the expanded definition of unemployment released in the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey by Statistics SA, 12.48 million people are now unemployed. This is a staggering figure, amounting to 46.6% of the labour force.
South Africa’s unemployment problem is a structural one. It can be traced back to its history of apartheid and the nature of the development of its economy. Structural unemployment also needs to be understood in relation to the macroeconomic policies implemented by the post-apartheid government.
In this publication, we attempted to document and propose certain interventions that are available to the government to address unemployment. It has shown that there are measures available, some of which are more likely to have an impact on unemployment numbers than others.