There are still 1.7 million fewer people with jobs than a year ago, according to the quarterly employment survey that Statistics South Africa (SSA) has just released.
The official unemployment rate shot up to 30.8% from 23.3% in the second quarter.
People who are not actively looking for work are not counted as unemployed.
The extended unemployment rate also rose sharply, to 43.1% from the second quarter’s 42% and the first quarter’s 39.7%.
That figure, which includes discouraged job seekers, shows that more than two out of five working-age people do not have a job, do not study further, and many of them have lost hope that they will get a job. A total of 11.1 million people of working age are out of work.
More than 3 million people are now again considered economically active, which became economically inactive in the second quarter, mostly due to the restrictions.