Lockdown batters job market as SA sheds 2.2m in quarter 2 of 2020

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Lockdown batters job market as SA sheds 2.2m in quarter 2 of 2020

And while unemployment fell to 23.3%, this is a function of the shutdown, not an improved labour market

Lynley Donnelly

SA saw 2.2 million job losses in the second quarter of 2020 during the worst of the hard Covid-19 lockdown, Stats SA data showed on Tuesday.

But despite the dramatic decline in the number of working people, SA’s unemployment rate fell to 23.3% in the second quarter of the year, from 30.1 in the first quarter, according to Stats SA’s quarterly labour force survey (QLFS).

The decrease in the official rate, however, was driven by the inability of people to actively seek work during lockdown, resulting in an increased number of people being categorised as “not economically active” in the second quarter...

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