- Stats SA revealed that unemployment spiked between March and June 2018
- According to statistics, 69 000 people lost their jobs in the non-agricultural sector during this period
- Fortunately, the trade, business and construction sectors showed a little bit of growth in the same time
Unemployment remains a big problem in South Africa. While everyone seems so focused on the land issue, it's almost as if employment has been pushed back into a corner, forgotten for the moment.
According to information shared by Stats SA, unemployment in the non-agricultural sector has spiked in the last four months.
Employment numbers went from 9 817 000 to 9 748 000 between March and June.
That means that 69 000 people have lost their jobs in this time.
This includes jobs in the community service sector and casual work. The transport and mining sectors lost 4 000 jobs.
A total of 13 000 jobs were lost in the manufacturing industry.
However, there is some good news, as reported by The South African.
Construction jobs increased with 1 000 and the business service and trade sectors employed 14 000 people.
Another positive finding by Stats SA is that the average monthly income (in the non-agricultural sector) have gone up by 1% since February.
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