[ALERT] Unemployment in SA remains at 27.7%

  • [ALERT] Unemployment in SA remains at 27.7%

[ALERT] Unemployment in SA remains at 27.7%

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South Africa's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 27.7% in the third quarter of 2017, Statistician General Pali Lehohla has said in Pretoria."Unemployment is still at 27.7% like it was in the second quarter", Lehohla, the outgoing leader of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), said when released the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) here on Tuesday. Economists had expected the rate to drop to 4.7 percent. However, youth unemployment rate registered a decline of 0.6 of a percentage point quarter-to-quarter.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose slightly to 36.8 percent in the third quarter, from 36.6 percent in the previous quarter. The unemployment rate is expected to come under increased focus after the new Labour-led government said it plans to review the central bank legislation that now has a sole focus on inflation.

"This is in line with stronger quarterly working-age population growth and near record high annual net migration", said household statistics manager Diane Ramsey.

In the September 2017 quarter, the employment rate was 67.8 percent, up from 66.7 percent in the previous quarter.

This showed that the labour force survey showed a 92 000 growth in employment in the third quarter as well.

The largest decline in the unemployment rate was recorded in Free State (down by 2.6 percentage points), Limpopo (down by 1.7 percentage points) and Mpumalanga (down by 1.6 percentage points). "However, the trend series shows a steady increase". Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

Within the construction industry, employment growth was strongest in Auckland and Wellington, but subdued in Canterbury.

The data was affected by the Care and Support Workers Settlement Act 2017, which came into effect on July 1. See Pay deal for care and support workers lifts wages for more information about the effects of this Act on the QES and LCI.

The number of people employed in the New Zealand economy rose to 2,593,000 an all time high.