South African Cultural Observatory

The Employment of Youth and Women in Cultural Occupations in South Africa

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The Employment of Youth and Women in Cultural Occupations in South Africa In October 2018, the South African government held a high-profile Jobs Summit. In addition to acknowledging the challenges of the high South African unemployment rates overall, President Ramaphosa mentioned the importance of job creation for youth (15 – 34 years old) and women specifically. Statistics South Africa Quarterly Labour Force Survey (2018) showed that unemployment rates amongst young people have reached 39.3%. The figure is even higher for young black African women who are attempting to enter the labour market (45.9%). The present study analyses the 2016 Statistics South Africa Labour Market Dynamics Survey (LMDS), using the UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics (2009) to identify cultural occupations and cultural industries. The LMDS sample is designed to be representative at national and provincial levels and covers the entire national population aged 15 years and over. The sample size is roughly 33 000 dwellings per quarter (132 000 observations). Results showed that
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