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In its quarterly labour force survey, which polls households, Statistics South Africa said this amounted to 5.067 million people without work in the first quarter, up from 4.83 million in the previous three months.
The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, was at 35.1 percent in the first quarter from 34.0 previously.
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.