Data published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows how the majority of South Africans look for opportunities of employment.

The stats body’s 2016 Labour Market Dynamics in South Africa report showed increase in the working age population.

Since 2012, economic growth has slowed, declining from a high of 3.3% in 2011 to 1.3% in 2016.

Between 2009 and 2016, the number of the employed increased from 14.2 million to 15.7 million; when combined with an increase in the number of unemployed (941,000) , this resulted in an increase in the unemployment rate from 23.7% in 2009 to 25.3% in 2016, Stats SA said.

In 2016, the absorption rate of 43.7% and the labour force participation rate of 58.5%
was the highest rates recorded since 2009.

Between 2009 and 2016, the South African working age population increased from 32.4 million to 36 million.

Stats SA noted that enquiring at workplaces or seeking assistance from relatives or friends were the most preferred methods for job search.

The use of all job search methods increased over the period 2009 to 2016, with the exception of those who enquired at workplaces and among those who waited at the street side for casual jobs.

Thanks to a rise in affordable smartphones and cheaper data costs, the largest increase was observed among those who searched through job adverts or the internet (11.3  percentage  points), followed by those who answered advertisements (7.8 percentage points).

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