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New jobs scarce in Western Cape

May 12 2011 08:32 François Williams

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Cape Town - The Western Cape economy is showing healthy growth, as indicated by the Sake24 and BoE Private Clients latest barometer information for March.

But its economy is struggling – like the rest of the country – to create sorely-needed new jobs.

In March its barometer rose 11.5% to 112.6 index points compared with last year. It was 0.5% up on the previous month, and for the three months to end-March it improved 7.8% compared with the previous three months.

Economists.co.za economist Mike Schüssler, who compiled the barometer, said that in March national government expenditure reached a high of R55bn countrywide, helping to push up the Western Cape barometer.

He ascribed the strong increase of state expenditure to the ending of the fiscal year.

Although Western Cape unemployment was 22.2%, compared with a national average of 25%, Schüssler said it was concerning that the province was unable to create more jobs despite its good economic growth.

The province's stress index, which indicates the type of pressure on business people, did however slide 1.4% in March. This was helped by inflation - slightly lower than the national average at 4% - and a 44.3% drop from the previous year in the number of civil indebtedness court cases.

In March all sub-indices in the Western Cape barometer, other than agriculture and construction, were in positive territory compared with the year before.

- Sake24

For business news in Afrikaans, go to Sake24.com.

For more news on the Sake24/BoE Private Clients barometers, go to www.fin24.com/barometer.
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