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gautengTMG Digital/The Times writes that the Gauteng economy needs to create 400,000 jobs consistently every year to put a serious dent in unemployment.  

A massive influx of people has placed additional pressure on Premier David Makhura’s government to create the necessary jobs to ease the burden caused by in-migration.  Some 16‚200 people monthly have moved into Gauteng in search of economic opportunities in the last three years‚ raising the provincial population numbers by 585‚000 to 13.2 million people.  Second quarter figures (July-September) saw the provincial economy grow by 2.9%‚ up from 0.1% in the preceding three months.  Delivering his year-end political report on Tuesday in the Gauteng legislature, Makhura said:  “We are confident that the fourth quarter of 2016 will continue the positive trajectory on jobs.  It is worth remembering that in 2015‚ our provincial economy created 209‚000 jobs in the formal economy and 151‚000 jobs in the informal economy.”

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