One in four unemployed people have been
without work for more than five years in South Africa.
That's according to a study by the South
African Institute of Race Relations.
The survey shows that over four million
people are unemployed of which three million of them have been unemployed for
one year and about 1.2 million have been unemployed for five years.
The Institute's Lucy Holborn says they also
got a group of people that they call discouraged work seekers.
Lucy Holbron explains that they have noted
how long that people were unemployed and in South Africa over a quarter of
the people who are unemployed have been unemployed for more than five years.
Holbron adds that this would be defined as really
extreme and a long time of unemployment, the international definition of long
time unemployment only sees someone being unemployed for just over a year.
Furthermore Holbron said the fact that South Africa has such a high
rate of unemployment and people without work for so long and it is of major
Holbron also said that it just so happens
that those unemployed people don’t have the skills required to participate in
the country’s economy and labour market.
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