Stats SA calls on govt to focus on skills development

The latest figures show that employment has shrunk by 0.2%, with 15,000 job losses.

FILE: Ndumiso Sikhakhane, who stood with a board at a busy intersection in Sandton, has landed a new job. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - Statistics South Africa says government needs to focus on training and the skills development of young people if it wants to see a lower unemployment rate.

Yesterday, the organisation revealed its unemployment figures for the first quarter of 2016 which showed the number of people employed shrunk by 0.2% with 15,000 job losses.

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The mining sector has lost 4,000 jobs since the beginning of the year but government and construction sectors have managed to retain jobs.

Stats SA's Padi Lehohla said: "The levels of unemployment in South Africa are not a consequence to a large extent of a lack of jobs, but a lack of skills."

"We have to move faster in order to address these issues, to improve this economy's capacity to crate jobs."