High unemployment levels fail to show improvement

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JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's unemployment rate remains at the highest level recorded in almost 14 years.

The latest figures from Statistics SA indicate that unemployment has remained unchanged at 27.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

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The number of people employed has dropped by 113,000 to just over 16 million, quarter-on-quarter.

The largest declines came from the construction sector, which shed about 110,000 jobs.

This was followed by the agricultural sector, which recorded 40,000 job losses

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The year-on-year unemployment rate has increased by 1.1 percent.

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