The release of long delayed unemployment numbers and the first official figures to provide an insight into how badly the hard lockdown affected SA’s jobless rate, will be a feature in what is going to be a data-heavy week.

The quarterly labour force survey (QLFS) for the second quarter, which Stats SA has had to delay twice, is due out on Tuesday. It is expected to show a sharp increase in SA’s unemployment rate, which at 30.1% in quarter one, was already a record high before the advent of the lockdown.

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