Number of unemployed black people increased by 174.2 percent since 1994

Less than half of working-age people in South Africa are employed the South African Institute for Race Relations latest report found.

There were 35 955 000 people of working age in the country in 2015.

Of that 15 657 000, or less than half were employed.

The number of unemployed black people increased by 174.2 percent since 1994.

Stats SA’s Mid-year population report revealed about 43 million people, or 80 percent of the population was black.

There were about 4.7 million coloured people, 1.3 million Indian/Asian people and 4.5 million white people.

Stats SA defines people of working age as 15 to 64.

Of the black working-age population, 11 625 000 people were employed.

About 1.6 million coloured people were employed, 488 000 Indian/Asian and 1.9 million white people were employed.

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