SA adds 16 000 net jobs in fourth quarter of 2019, as part-time work grows

Total employment in SA's non-agricultural formal sector grew by 16 000 between September and December 2019, Statistics SA announced on Tuesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) bulletin. 

The is below the increase of 87 000 in the fourth quarter of 2018 

While full-time employment decreased by 2 000 over the three months to end 2019, part-time employment increased by 18 000. 

The QES results are based on a sample survey conducted by Stats SA and include findings on employment in the non-agricultural formal sector. The survey was conducted before the outbreak of the coronavirus. 

The QES bulletin is separate from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, which is also published by Stats SA. While the labour force survey gives SA's official unemployment rate, the QES gives a snapshot of total non-agricultural formal sector employment. According to the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey, South Africa has an official unemployment rate of 29.1%

According to the QES, the decrease in SA's full-time labour force was due to job losses in mining (-15 000), construction (-13 000), manufacturing (-5 000), transport (-2 000) and electricity (-1 000) in the fourth quarter of 2019. These were offset, in part, by increases in trade (29 000), community services (3 000), and business services (2 000 ).

In the part-time sector, jobs increased in trade (10 000), business services (10 000), manufacturing (1 000 or 1,3%) and electricity (1 000).

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
14.13
-0.0%
Rand - Pound
19.92
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
17.16
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.00
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Gold
1,843.76
0.0%
Silver
27.42
0.0%
Palladium
2,894.50
0.0%
Platinum
1,229.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
68.71
+2.5%
Top 40
60,573
+0.6%
All Share
66,598
+0.7%
Resource 10
69,386
-0.1%
Industrial 25
83,277
+0.9%
Financial 15
12,685
+1.5%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, and I've gotten it.
21% - 1451 votes
No, I did not.
52% - 3625 votes
My landlord refused
27% - 1924 votes
Vote