Employment grows 1% in Q3 - Stats SA

Pretoria - A total of 93 000 jobs were created in the third quarter, according to the quarterly employment statistics released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Monday. 

This is a growth of 1% compared to the same quarter in the previous year. There has been an annual gain of 80 000 jobs or 0.9%. 

Statistician general, Dr Pali Lehohla presented the third quarter's employment statistics on Monday at the Statistics South Africa offices in Pretoria. 

The enterprise based survey was took samples from business. 

The community and social services industry grew jobs by 78 000. This is linked to the municipal elections where temporary staff were employed. Further, institutions such as technikons collectively created 7 000 jobs. 

"The increase in jobs in the quarter is due to the extra budgetary increase in elections and higher education." 

The mining industry only contributed 2 000 jobs.

"The mining industry has been in the doldrums from 2015, but it is  picking up with 2 000 jobs gained," he said.

However for the year there have been 16 000 job losses. 

"Manufacturing has shown consistent bleeding of 3 000 jobs," added Lehohla. Year-on-year this is a loss of 3000 jobs. 

StatsSA recorded an annual increase of R34bn  or 6.7% in earnings to employees. 

Gross earnings for the quarter were R20bn or 3.9%. The finance industry took the lion's share of these earnings, he said.

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