First quarter employment increased by 42,000 jobs

First quarter employment increased by 42,000 jobs – Stats SA

This signals a 0.4% increase from the fourth quarter of last year.

FILE: Unemployed builders, tilers and plumbers hold placards looking for jobs on the side of the road in Johannesburg in November 2019. Photo: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Stats SA said employment rose by 42,000 jobs in the first quarter of the year, with part-time employment saving the day.

Quarterly employment statistics also showed that 200,000 jobs were gained during the period under review compared to the same period last year.

The data is based on a business sample survey and collects information from 20,000 businesses with an annual turnover of over R300,000.

The country’s private sector employed 10.1 million people in the first three months of the year, excluding agriculture, informal businesses and domestic services.

This signals a 0.4% increase from the fourth quarter of last year.

Over one year, jobs increased by 2%.

However, there remains a large and glaring gap between full-time and part-time employment.

Of the 42,000 jobs gained in the first quarter, the majority, or 41,000, were part-time, while full-time jobs rose by 1,000.

The largest increases were in community services, followed by manufacturing.

The quarterly employment survey covers trends in mining, business services, construction and transportation, among others.

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