Retail, hospitality keeps employment rates up

Stats SA released quarterly employment statistics, showing an increase of 43,000 jobs.

Statistician General Padi Lehohla. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Statistician General Padi Lehohla says an increase in jobs in the last quarter doesn't necessarily mean that unemployment figures have gone down.

The quarterly employment statistics were released yesterday, showing there was an increase of 43,000 jobs in the non-agricultural sector between September and December.

However, the number of jobs in the mining and manufacturing industries have continued to decline.

Lehohla says the increase in jobs between September and December was largely driven by retail and hospitality, and these figures are likely to change.

Lehohla says while employment increases are positive, it doesn't mean there'll be a change in the unemployment figures.

"The increases in jobs increased the job stats, but the increase in jobs in a high unemployment environment sometimes leads to high unemployment."

Generally salaries increased in December to R31 billion, which means bonuses were paid out to employees.