implatsheadgear smlThe Citizen reports that the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) released on Monday showed that in the first quarter of 2016 the number of employees in mining declined by 4,000 employees.  

Overall, employment in the formal non-agricultural sector decreased by 0.2%, or 15 000 employees, to 9.27 million.  The decline in employment in the mining industry was for a sixth consecutive quarter.  The 4,000 drop in the 2016 first quarter followed a decline of 17,000 mining employees in the fourth quarter of 2015.  In the first quarter of 2016, employment decreased in all industries except for community services, construction, and electricity.  The largest percentage decrease was recorded in trade (-1.8%), followed by transport (-1.1%), mining (-0.9%), manufacturing (-0.7%), and business services (-0.4%).

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