Johannesburg, 29 September 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Some 2.2 million people lost their jobs because of South Africa‘s strict coronavirus regulations, according to the latest figures published by the statistics agency on Tuesday.
The official unemployment rate declined to 23.3 per cent in the second quarter, compared to 30.1 per cent in the first quarter, South Africa‘s statistics agency Stats SA announced.
The reason for the decline is that the unemployment rate only counts those people who are actively looking for work, which was partly impossible due to the pandemic.
South Africa‘s economy, the second largest in Africa, is suffering under some of the strictest coronavirus regulations in the world.
The economy had already been in recession before the pandemic. Millions of people are now struggling to survive and poverty has skyrocketed in recent weeks.
South Africa‘s gross domestic product shrunk by 16 per cent quarter-on-quarter, Stats SA announced earlier.