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Fri May 27 08:35:42 SAST 2016

SA added 43‚000 new jobs

Mpho Sibanyoni | 23 March, 2016 15:38

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The number of South Africans employed in the formal sector increased by 43‚000 quarter-on-quarter‚ from 8‚949‚000 in September last year to 8‚992‚000 in December‚ according to Statistics SA's latest quarterly employment statistics.

The report shows that this was largely due to increases in trade (42‚000 or 2‚3%); business services (16‚000 or 0‚8%); and community services (13‚000 or 0‚5%).

“There were decreases reported by the following industries: mining and quarrying (-14‚000); construction (-8‚000); manufacturing (-4‚000) and transport (-2‚000).”

The report shows that gross earnings paid to employees increased by R31‚147-million (6‚3%) from R495‚579-million in September 2015 to R526‚726-million in December last year.

“The increase was mainly due to increases in the electricity‚ construction‚ manufacturing‚ trade‚ business services‚ transport‚ community services and mining and quarrying industries.

“Year-on-year‚ gross earnings increased by R29‚446-million or 5.9%.”

It said average monthly earnings showed a quarter-on-quarter increase of 0‚7% in average monthly earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector from R17‚392 in August last year to R17‚517 in November.

On an annual basis‚ average monthly earnings paid to employees increased 6‚7% from R16‚424 in November 2014 to R17‚517 in November last year.

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