South Africa’s Q3 unemployment rate at 29.1%

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No Salary increase for Cabinet members - President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa says.

South Africa’s unemployment rate stood at 29.1 % in the third quarter versus 29% in the previous quarter, remaining at its highest level in more than a decade, official data showed on Tuesday.

There were 6.7 million people without jobs in the three months to September 30, unchanged from the prior quarter, Statistics South Africa said its quarterly labour force survey.

It was the highest jobless rate since the survey started in 2008, statistician general Risenga Maluleke said.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, was 38.5%, unchanged from the previous quarter.

Suzan O