Employment Has Marginally Increase – StatsSA

Siboniso Mawandla | The Republic Mail

Employment increased marginally by 18 000 for the quarter ending in December, StatsSA said on Friday.

Employment increased by 18 000 quarter-to-quarter, from 9 672 000 in September 2016 to 9 690 000 in December 2016.

This was largely due to increases in the following industries: trade (68 000 or 3,3%), business services (33 000 or 1,6%) and manufacturing (13 000 or 1,1%), StatsSA said in a statement. But not all sectors showed an increase.

Community services lost 81 000 jobs, construction 11 000, mining and quarrying, 3000 and transport 1000. Mining continued to lose jobs after remaining unchanged in the previous. Mining lost jobs after remaining unchanged in the previous two-quarters. Employment increased by 90 000 year-on-year between December 2015 and December 2016.

Most of these were in trade which added 57 000, business services16 000, community services 16 000, construction14 000 and manufacturing 6 000. In the same year, 15 000 jobs were lost in the transport and mining and quarrying 4 000.

In addition, gross earnings increased by R35 560 million or 6,2% from R571 686 million in September 2016 to R607 246 million in December 2016. The increase was mainly due to increases in trade, business services, community services, manufacturing, transport, mining and quarrying, and construction industries. The increase was mainly due to increases in trade, business services, community services, manufacturing, transport, mining and quarrying, and construction industries.

Compared to the same period last year, gross earnings increased by R37 779 million (6,6%) year-on-year.

The survey results show that quarter-to-quarter, average monthly earnings paid to employees increased by 2,6% to R18 502 in November 2016. This is an increase of 6,8% compared to the same period of the previous year.