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Increase of 43,000 jobs in non-agricultural sector

Statistics South Africa released employment statistics in Pretoria this afternoon.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The quarterly employment statistics released on Wednesday show there's been an increase of 43,000 jobs in the non-agricultural sector between September and December 2015.

Statistics South Africa released the figures in Pretoria, attributing the increase largely to employment increases in the trade, business service and community service industries.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla says the number of jobs have increased by 0,5 percent quarter-on-quarter, mainly in the trade, financial and business services sector.

Lehohla says the quarterly growth in trade was driven by retail and hospitality, especially in December.

However, Lehohla says jobs in the mining sector have continued to decrease along with the drop in demand for commodities.

He says there's been a 2,9 percent decline in the industry.

Meanwhile, statistics show that gross earnings paid in December reflected a quarterly increase of R31 billion or 6.3 percent.