South Africa’s economy lost 2.2 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020 during the country’s coronavirus lockdown, the authorities say.
It is the biggest fall in job numbers since the employment survey began in 2008.
Restrictions were brought in to try and prevent the spread of the virus and the economy subsequently shrank at an unprecedented level.
Most businesses were shut for five weeks from 27 March.
It was one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.
The national statistics office’s figure for the number of people who have not been economically inactive indicated an even more dramatic economic decline.
Between March and June that figure increased by 5.3 million people to 20.5 million.