“Skills shortage is to blame for lack of economic growth and job opportunities in South Africa” ​​- SABC News

Skills development specialist says South Africa’s skills gap is to blame for lack of economic growth and job opportunities.

The world marked Workers’ Days with rallies and events. Afrika Tukkun’s general manager, Onyi Nwaneri, encouraged workers to upgrade their skills.

South Africa currently has an unemployment rate of 46.2% according to Statistics South Africa’s extended definition of unemployment.

Young people are the most affected and Nwaneri says it’s a huge problem in South Africa.

“We have a high unemployment rate that we have seen, especially in the youth sector, we have an unemployment rate of 66% in terms of young people aged between 18 and 35, but at the same time we have shortages of skills.

Therefore, it is a mismatch between the skills needed to create jobs and the unemployment rate that we currently have in the country.

Youth unemployment on the rise among college graduates:

In April, the national average was reported to be outright the worst in the world, with labor underutilization at its worst.

Statistics note that women are absorbed into domestic employment in droves.

The recently released quarterly labor force survey once again showed an economy unable to create jobs.

One of the most surprising results is the increase in employment attributed to private households.

Households are reported as the main contributor to an increase in employment to 129,000. Not construction, manufacturing or transport, which have contracted as much as 14.7% from last quarter.

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