South African employment declines in the third quarter

StatsSA has released employment data for the quarter ending September 2018.

It said that employment decreased by 16,000 quarter-on-quarter, from 9,749,000 in June 2018 to 9,733,000 in September 2018.

This was largely due to decreases in the following industries: manufacturing (-7,000 or -0.6%), construction (-5,000 or -0.8%), mining and quarrying (-2,000 or -0.4%), trade (-2,000 or -0.1%), transport (-1,000 or -0.2%) and community services (-1,000), StatsSA said.

The electricity industry remained unchanged.

However, there was an increase in the business services industry (2,000 or 0.1%).

Employment increased by 17,000 or 0.2% year-on-year between September 2017 and September 2018. These increases were reported by: trade (25,000 or 1.2%), community services (22,000 or 0.8%) and business services (21,000 or 0.9%), StatsSA said.

The following industries reported annual decreases: construction (-22,000 or -3.5%), manufacturing (-16,000 or -1.3%), transport (-9,000 or -1.9%), mining and quarrying (-3,000 or -0.7%), and electricity industry (-1,000 or -1.6%).

Employment in the non-agricultural formal sector, June 2015 – September 2018
Employment by industry (thousand)]

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South African employment declines in the third quarter