South Africa’s unemployment going down


The official unemployment rate decreased from 35.3 percent to 34.5 percent in the first quarter of 2022, said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) Tuesday.

The Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke announced the results of the Quarterly Labor Force Survey (QLFS) at a press conference in Pretoria. “These results indicate that 370,000 jobs were gained between the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. The biggest job gains were recorded in community and social services, manufacturing and trade.”

The total number of persons employed was 14.9 million in the first quarter of 2022.

There were job losses in private households, finance, construction and agriculture.

He said the number of unemployed persons decreased 60,000 to 7.9 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to the previous quarter.

South Africa has been experiencing job losses as a result of COVID-19 and low economic growth. Enditem

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