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In its quarterly labour force survey, which polls households, Statistics South Africa said this amounted to 5.154 million people without work in the second quarter, up from 5.067 million in the previous three months. The manufacturing sector lost 93,000 jobs in Q2 compared with the same period last year.
The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, was at 35.6 percent in the second quarter from 35.1 percent 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.