How high is graduate unemployment in South Africa? A much-needed update

13th May 2013 By: Econ3x3

The frequently reported ‘crisis in graduate unemployment’ in South Africa is a fallacy based on questionable research. Not only is graduate unemployment low at less than 6%, but it also compares well with rates in developed countries. The large expansion of black graduate numbers has not significantly exacerbated unemployment amongst graduates. Contrary to popular perception, such graduates – many from ‘formerly disadvantaged’ universities – have been snapped up by the private sector. Black graduates are, however, still more likely to be unemployed than white graduates.

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By Hendrik van Broekhuizen – Researcher, Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University and Servaas van der Berg – Professor, Stellenbosch University

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