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Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa$
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Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108927

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108927.001.0001

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The Rise of Unemployment Under Apartheid

The Rise of Unemployment Under Apartheid

(p.165) Chapter 5 The Rise of Unemployment Under Apartheid
Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa

Jeremy Seekings

Nicoli Nattrass

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the rise of unemployment in South Africa in the late apartheid era. It examines existing data about unemployment, identifying the major causes of its growth in the mid- to late 1970s. It describes how high and open unemployment became apparent from the early 1970s onwards because of labour shortage. The chapter also explores some quantitative and qualitative studies that analyze trends in unemployment and underemployment.

Keywords:   unemployment, South Africa, apartheid, labour shortage, underemployment

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