Excellent news for unemployment in South Africa

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) supplied some welcome information on Tuesday (31 Could), exhibiting that the nation’s unemployment price declined over the primary quarter of the yr, albeit marginally.

The official unemployment price was 34.5% within the first quarter of 2022, from 35.3% within the prior reporting interval, recovering 0.8 of a share level.

The unemployment price based on the expanded definition of unemployment additionally decreased by 0.7 of a share level to 45.5 % in Q1:2022 in comparison with This fall:2021, StatsSA stated.

The group’s Quarterly Labour Drive Survey (QLFS) for the primary quarter 2022, signifies that 370,000 jobs have been gained between the fourth quarter of 2021 and the primary quarter of 2022, to 14.9 million.

The largest job features have been recorded in group and social Companies (281,000), manufacturing (263,000) and commerce (98,000). Nevertheless, there have been job losses in personal households (186,000), finance (72,000), development (60,000) and agriculture (23,000).

The variety of unemployed individuals decreased by 60,000 to 7.9 million within the first quarter of 2022 in comparison with the earlier quarter, StatsSA stated, leading to a rise of 310,000 (up by 1.4%) within the variety of folks within the labour drive.

The variety of discouraged work-seekers decreased by 54,000 (1.4%) and the quantity of people that weren’t economically energetic for causes apart from discouragement decreased by 112,000 (0.8%) between the 2 quarters leading to a internet lower of 166,000 within the not economically energetic inhabitants.

The working-age inhabitants elevated by 144,000 or 0.4% within the first quarter of 2022 in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2021. In comparison with Q1: 2021, the working-age inhabitants elevated by 578,000 or 1.5%.

To raised perceive the noticed massive adjustments in the important thing labour market indicators between This fall: 2021 and Q1: 2022, particular tabulations have been completed to review actions between labour market standing classes.

It was noticed that numerous individuals moved from the ‘not economically energetic’ and ‘unemployed’ classes to the ’employed’ standing between the 2 quarters, which resulted in a lower of 0.8 of a share level within the unemployment price to 34.5%.


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