Why is the youth unemployment rate so high in South Africa?


Updated: 29th June 2020

• Legacy of apartheid and poor education and training
Some research shows that the deliberate exclusion of black people from the educational system and from skilled occupations under apartheid contributed to high rates of unemployment today. Inadequate education and lack of productivity is costing jobs.

Then, why is the youth unemployment rate so high?

Cyclical Unemployment.
During the 2008 recession, youth unemployment increased at a faster rate than the actual unemployment rate. It is often young workers who are more likely to experience unemployment; this is because with the least experience they are the easiest to remove from the labour market.

What is the youth unemployment rate in South Africa?

Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 52.84 percent from 2013 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019 and a record low of 48.80 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Why is Spanish youth unemployment so high?

The increase in segmentation of the labor market, the lack of effective employment policies and deficiencies in the education system have been cited as some of the principal reasons behind the significant level of youth unemployment in Spain.

What is the cause of youth unemployment?

According to the World Economic Forum, the main causes of youth unemployment include: A lack of quality of education and relevance to the needs of the labour market.
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