Stats SA: South Africa Sheds 67 000 Jobs in Three Months

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Employment figures dropped by 0.7%, or by 67 000 jobs, in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest quarterly employment statistics.

Statistician-general Pali Lehohla on Friday released the latest employee figures at a media conference in Pretoria, saying that all industries, except electricity and construction, shed jobs.

However, on a year-on-year basis, there was an increase of 30 000 jobs.

Job losses were recorded as follows:

– social and personal services: 48 000 jobs;
– manufacturing: 7 000 jobs;
– trade: 4 000;
– transport and communications: 7 000;
– finance and business services: 1 000; and
– mining and quarrying: 1 000.

One thousand jobs, or a 0.2% increase, was reported in the construction industry, while employment figures remained unchanged in the electricity sector.

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In the manufacturing sector, the biggest losses were in the manufacturing of food products, beverages and tobacco products, followed by the textiles, clothing and leather goods sector.

The mining industry continued its decline in employment for the eighth consecutive quarter, since the last quarter of 2014. Year-on-year mining employment declined with 32 000 jobs in June 2016.


Gross earnings in the second quarter of 2016 increased by 0.01% compared to the first quarter of 2016. This represents a R32m increase over the quarter.

According to Lehohla, the increase could be attributed to an adjustment in cost-of-living adjustments, bonus payments and overtime pay.

On an annual basis, average monthly earnings paid to employees increased by 7.5% from R16 787 in May 2015 to R18 045 in May 2016.


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