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The State of the Labour Market in South Africa after the First Decade of Democracy

  • Rulof Burger
  • Ingrid Woolard

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    (SALDRU, School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

While the political transition to democratic rule in South Africa was smooth and rapid, the economic transition has been slow and difficult. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the labour market. Job creation has not matched the growing labour supply and the unemployment rate continues to rise. This paper attempts to document and identify the key trends in labour force participation, unemployment and employment so as to better understand the factors that drive the performance of the labour market.

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Paper provided by Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town in its series SALDRU/CSSR Working Papers with number 133.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ldr:cssrwp:133
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