SA records slight drop in unemployment

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says the growth in employment in the last quarter of 2016 was mainly driven by the services sector.

Protesters march for employment opportunities. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA – Stats SA says the economy created 235,000 jobs, with a slight decline in the unemployment rate to 26.5%.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla presented the quarterly labour force survey for the last three months of 2016.

Lehohla says the growth in employment in the last quarter of 2016 was mainly driven by the services sector, which grew by 73,000.

But Lehohla says the burden of unemployment still lies on young people who remain vulnerable to labour market.

The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, decreased to 35.6% in the fourth quarter from 36.3% in the previous quarter.

CRIME

Lehohla also delivered the Victims of Crime Survey in Pretoria.

He says the number of house break-ins has decreased from 931,000 to 807,000 during the 2015/2016 period.

The number of other household crimes has either remained the same or declined during the same period.

Lehohla says the theft of livestock and crops were the most underreported crimes.

“There are about 15.2 million households in South Africa and 807,000 incidents of crime.”

Victims of Crime Survey by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)