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2016-11-30 06:00

The Northern Cape has recorded the second highest quarterly increase in the unemployment rate with 2,2%.

This was revealed by Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA) Quarterly Labour Survey, which highlighted the rise in the unemployment rate in the Northern Cape. This was not driven by job losses, but was mainly due to an increase in the number of job seekers.

The youth (between 15 to 34 years) remain the most vulnerable in the labour market, with an unemployment rate of 39,3%.

Education continues to play an important role in the Northern Cape labour market, with those with an education level less than matric making up 67,2% of the unemployed.

The unemployment rate among those with tertiary education was 8,8%.

According to the Stats SA results, the growth in employment was mainly driven by the agriculture industry, which grew by 13 000 jobs, the highest growth following the two consecutive quarterly increases in 2016.

This was followed by manufacturing and community and social services, which grew by 4 000 jobs each, while transport added 2 000 jobs.

However, five of the ten industries lost jobs: private households (8 000), mining (6 000), construction (4 000) and both trade and financial and business services lost 1 000 jobs each.

The decreases in jobs experienced in mining and trade follow two consecutive quarterly declines in employment.

The official unemployment rate increased by 2,2% quarter-to-quarter and decreased by 5,2% year-on-year.

Stats SA further highlights that quarterly increases in the official unemployment rate were observed in six of the nine provinces.

The expanded unemployment rate, which includes those who wanted to work but did not look for work, increased by 2% quarter-to-quarter to a total of 41,8%.

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