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South Africa sheds 34 000 jobs so far in 2017 – StatsSA

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South Africa sheds 34 000 jobs so far in 2017 – StatsSA

Statistician General Pali Lehohla

28th September 2017

By: African News Agency

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A decline of 34 000 jobs was recorded in the second quarter of 2017 in South Africa’s formal non-agricultural sector, the Quarterly Employment Survey, released by StatsSA on Thursday, revealed.

“That decrease is in manufacturing, construction, community services, transport … only mining and quarrying showed some increases in terms of employment. That is what we are seeing there,” outgoing Statistician General Pali Lehohla addressed media in Pretoria.

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Compared to same quarter in 2016, employment has increased year-on-year by 13 000 [0.1 percent].

“Whenever you look at these things, you have to look at the quarter, and the year-on-year to understand how significant the changes are,” said Lehohla.

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The Quarterly Employment Statistics is an enterprise-based sample survey conducted by Statistics South Africa. The samples are drawn from private non-agricultural businesses such as factories, firms, office, and stores, as well as from national and local entities.

StatsSA said a quarterly decrease of 40 000 in the employment figures occurred mainly in finance, community services, manufacturing and transport.

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