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Why are 15-year-olds included in South Africa’s working-age population?

Fifteen-year-olds are included in the working-age population because you can leave school at the end of the year in which you turn 15.

If a 15-year-old is without work in the week before the Quarterly Labour Force Survey interview, looked for work in the four weeks before the interview and was available to take up a job or start a business, they are considered to be unemployed.

If a 15-year-old who is still at school has an after-school or weekend job that occupies them for at least an hour in the week before the survey interview, they are considered to be employed.

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