Tackling high youth unemployment
- Poor labour market outcomes for youth are a key economic and social challenge in South Africa, threatening social cohesion and preventing the country from reaping the demographic dividend of its relatively young population.
- One in two young people in the labour market is unemployed and nearly one in three young people is neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET).
- Amongst working youth, the quality of employment is frequently poor, with high labour market insecurity.
- Addressing poor labour market outcomes for youth will require measures to boost job creation, increase employability through better education and training, promote entrepreneurship, improve job quality, and strengthen social protection.