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Stats SA: Losses in manufacturing, trade sectors drive decline in employment

Statistician General Pali Lehohla announced the first quarter formal sector employment survey results in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla. GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Stats SA’s latest figures show the decline in employment in the first quarter of this year was driven by losses in the manufacturing and trade sectors of the economy.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla announced the first quarter formal sector employment survey results in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The figures show a quarter-on-quarter decline of 48 000 jobs.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla says almost all sectors, with a few exceptions, recorded quarter-on-quarter declines in employment.

He says the mining sector added 8,000 jobs in the quarter.

“Manufacturing, you see both quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year, you see manufacturing changing. Mining increased, construction increased, trade you can see a decline.”

Lehohla says retail trade lost 33,000 jobs but this is expected in the first quarter of the year after the usual December boom in trade.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)