Leadership and collaboration for economic innovation and inclusive growth

Persistent high levels of unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, is one of the most important economic development challenges facing South Africa today. More than a quarter of the labour force are out of work and most of this unemployment is long-term.

Significantly, young people bear the brunt facing higher levels of unemployment than other age cohorts. In addition, the unemployment rate for females is higher than for males, a consistent trend across the different age cohorts. 

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