Johannesburg - Employment in South Africa's formal, non-farm
sector edged up 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the previous
three months, with mining and manufacturing each adding jobs, Statistics South
Africa said on Tuesday.
On a year-on-year basis, the number of people with formal
jobs rose 1% to 8.461 million in the quarter, Statistics South Africa said in a
Gross earnings rose 5.9% to nearly R394bn compared with the
previous quarter and were up 7.8% over the same period a year ago.
Unemployment in South Africa remains high at nearly 25%,
with the threat of job losses hovering over the mining sector, which has
grappled with a wave of violent wildcat strikes since last year.
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