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employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday expressed concern about SA’s persistently weak unemployment statistics.  

This came after Monday’s release by Statistics SA of its Quarterly Labour Force Survey, which showed that under the expanded definition (i.e. inclusive of those who have given up on finding a job) unemployment had widened from 36.4% in the first quarter to 36.6% in the second quarter.  Solidarity Research Institute economics researcher Gerhard van Onselen pointed out that this had been the sixth consecutive quarter since the fourth quarter of 2015 in which the number of unemployed people measured on the expanded definition had increased faster on a year-on-year basis than the number of those who were employed.  Van Onselen said that political uncertainty and reckless policy actions did not help improve unfavourable labour conditions and that what was urgently needed was a more market-friendly policy and political environment.

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