Tuesday, the Statistics South Africa announced that the jobless rate stood at 23.5% in the first quarter, up from 21.9% recorded in the previous quarter.

The number of people unemployed totaled 4.18 million in the first quarter, larger than the 3.87 million in the preceding quarter.

At the same time, the number persons employed totaled 13.63 million, down from 13.84 million in the fourth quarter.

The labor force participation rate stood at 57.5% in the first quarter, slightly faster than the 57.3% seen in the preceding quarter.

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