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Stats SA reports 2.2 million job losses in quarter two

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Stats SA has released the employment statistics of the second quarter of the year, revealing that the economy shed some 2.2 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020.

Stats SA took to Twitter on Tuesday, 29 September 2020, to share a thread of the employment statistics of the second quarter of the year. According to the report, an estimated 2.2 million jobs were lost in the second quarter of the year.

After sharing the statistics, Stats SA noted that due to the pandemic, the method of surveying for information differed this year. Instead of the physical surveys that are usually conducted, the company used Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews to collect data.

Some of the sobering statistics that were revealed by the thread were that the most disenfranchised group which is less likely to get employed is Black women. The rate is estimate at 28.2 percent, with Black men coming in second at 24.8 percent. This makes Black South Africans the most unemployed race in the country.

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