STATS SA: Free State highest unemployment in SA

Patricia Kopane

DA Free State Premier Candidate

Unemployment figures released by STATS SA today paint a horrific picture in the Free State.

The current unemployment rate (narrow definition) in the Free State is at 32.7%. The real unemployment rate (expanded definition) is at a shocking 39.9%, the highest in the country. This means that out of a total possible workforce population of 1.25 million, 496 000 people are unable to find jobs.

Youth unemployment in the Free State is at 45.3%.

During the period 2008-2013 overall job losses across all sectors of the Free State economy increased.

This is the strongest indication that the Zuma ANC-led government in the Free State under the premiership of Ace Magashule has steered the province’s economy into the abyss. The Zuma ANC in the Free State has failed to identify and implement economic policy that would attract investment, grow the provincial economy and create jobs.

Ace Magashule’s ANC-led government also actively contributes to the province’s economic decline through increased corruption, failure to maintain and establish new infrastructure such a roads, and the awarding of tenders to service providers outside of the province resulting in a capital drain and increased job losses.

The Zuma ANC’s failures to address this economic crisis in the province indicates that it prefers an impoverished and unproductive populace dependent on hand-outs from the ruling ANC faction.

It is now more evident than ever that the Zuma ANC has failed the people of the Free State. Only the DA has the political will and economic policies to create jobs and economically empower people. The people of the Free State will show a vote of confidence in the DA on 7 May 2014.