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South Africa’s labour market trends from 2009 to 2019: a lost decade?

By Derek Yu, Professor, Economics, University of the Western Cape
Charles Adams, Lecturer, University of the Western Cape
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Unemployment remains one of South Africa’s most pressing economic and social challenges. Over the past two decades it has also proved to be one of the country’s most intractable policy challenges. A plethora of policies and interventions have failed to make a difference.

The initial post-apartheid period saw significant growth in employment. But since 2009 employment growth has slowed…


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