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Stats SABusinessTech writes that with South Africa’s unemployment rate at 14-year highs, Statistics SA data show which provinces and metros are weathering the storm.  

In August, Stats SA released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey results for the second quarter of 2017 (April – June), detailing numbers around the state of employment in SA.  The data also shows where workers are most likely to be employed (absorbed) in the country, and which regions are successfully in creating job opportunities.  A table in this report outlines the provinces with the highest absorption rates, as well as the number of net gains/loss in jobs.  Contrary to popular belief, it is the Western Cape that appears to offer the best bet on jobs, with 53.9% of the working age population formally employed.  City of Cape Town takes the top position as regard absorption rate by metros, but it is second to Ekurhuleni in Gauteng for the net gain in jobs.  The second quarter of 2017 saw 53,000 jobs being added in Cape Town year-on-year, compared to the 143,000 additions in Ekurhuleni.  There was a net loss of 83,000 jobs in the City of Johannesburg over the period, but the city still has the second-highest absorption rate at 52.6%

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