Employment declined in the second quarter of 2016 by 129 000 to 15.5 million, Statistics South Africa said on Thursday.
“A total 15.5 million people are working in South Africa and unemployment has tipped just a little bit by 0.1 % in this quarter,” Statistician General Pali Lehohla said at a media briefing to release the findings of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS).
The quarterly decline in total employment was driven by job losses in services (127 000 or 3.5%), agriculture (44 000 or 5%), transport (39 000 or 4.4%) and mining (24 000 or 5.1%). Formal sector jobs decreased by 66 000 quarter or quarter.
“Only jobs in households increased [by 39 000 quarter on quarter].
Youth unemployment rate remained high at 37.5% showing that the youth (aged 15 to 34) and people without matric remain vulnerable.
According to the report, there were approximately 3.2 million young people aged 15 to 24 who are not in employment, education or training.
“This is only 31.2% of those aged 15 to 24 years while people without matric account for 58.3% of the unemployed,”