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Stats SAThe Citizen reports that Statistics SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of 2018 (Q1: 2018) showed that, compared to the same period last year, employment increased by 165 000, or 1%, while unemployment declined by 234,000, or 3.8%.  

Yet, the report indicated that between Q1: 2017 and Q1: 2018, the number of discouraged work seekers grew by 510,000 (or 22.4%) to 2.8 million people.  The Western Cape led the charge in job creation with 123,000 jobs, followed by Limpopo at 83,000 and KwaZulu-Natal with 62,000.  During the same period, employment losses were recorded in Gauteng (124,000), Eastern Cape (45,000) and Mpumalanga (20,000).  Alan Winde, minister of economic opportunities in the Western Cape, commented:  “The growth in the numbers of jobs in trade, which includes accommodation, the food and beverage industries, and retail, are a reflection of our sustained efforts at boosting jobs in tourism and its related industries.”  But, the impact of the sustained drought was seen in the numbers of job losses in agriculture, where 7,000 job losses were recorded, year-on-year.  According to Stats SA, Limpopo saw increases in employment in the manufacturing, finance and trade sectors.

  • Read this report by Amanda Watson in full at The Citizen

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