SPII Unemployment Analysis Policy Brief: Second Quarter During Covid-19 Lockdown

Quarterly Labour Force Survey, P0211. Statistics South Africa

On March 27, South Africa imposed strict lockdown measures to help ease the spread of COVID-19; however that has resulted in the reality of many South Africans being dismissed and businesses across the country uncertain of what their next move will be. According to StatsSA the second quarter of the year has brought a loss of 2.2 million jobs and massive decline in unemployment.

As a contribution to the national, regional and global understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on our already stressed society, SPII has produced a quarterly analysis of the critical unemployment figures, trends and trajectories from the last quarter of the Labour Force Survey to report before the impact of COVID- 19 would have had a significant impact.