SA sees slight increase in formal jobs

2012-03-20 12:27

Johannesburg - Employment in the formal non-agricultural sector grew slightly between the third and fourth quarters of last year, Statistics SA said on Tuesday.

The December 2011 Quarterly Employment Statistics survey found the number of people employed in this sector increased by 0.3% or 23 000 employees.

In total, about 8.4 million people were in formal non-agricultural employment at the end of December.

When comparing the fourth quarter of last year with the same quarter a year before, there was an annual increase of 1.6% or 130 000 people employed.

Gross earnings paid to employees in this sector increased to R364bn for the quarter.

This was an increase of R24bn compared to the previous quarter.

The average monthly earnings, including bonuses and overtime payments, of employees in this sector was estimated to be R13 284 in December.

This had risen by 2.8% from an estimated R12 923 in August, Stats SA said.

  • Peter - 2012-03-20 12:50

    A little bit of nothing is still nothing, is it not? What was the population growth for this period? Average income grew by 2.8% they report --- and inflation was? Saw the latest WoolWorths ad last night --- feed a family of 4 for R150.00? Last year this time that was only R100.00 --- that is a rate of inflation of around 50% is it not? And stats SA, in conjuction with the cANCer want to tell us it is below 10%? Ludicrous.

      Anthony - 2012-03-20 13:47

      Peter--I never ever believe a single thing STATS SA put out ---there have been so many articles written where the basis for all their stats has been severly criticised and destroyed that I think they now are as reliable as the weather reports--blend in the ANC spin and the stats are patent RUBBISH

      Michael - 2012-03-20 15:19

      Peter: When you talk about births rates you must not forget deaths, else you demonstrate that you are driving a specific agenda - that of bitter loser who still want to maintain pre-1994 status. Really that's what I gather in your comment. I sense so much anger and bitterness in your comment, I mean really get of that gutter you live in. What do you base your inflation rate on? It certainly can't be stupid Wullies advert? Even the fuel price in that period (Feb 2011 to Feb 2012) increased by 19.2%. Maybe you must enrol for economics 101 - Once you successfully gone through basics I can lend you my text book. It might be 25 years outdated on certain topics but principles may still hold.

  • Jaco - 2012-03-20 12:50

    Lets hope it continues to improve

  • Mark - 2012-03-20 14:18

    The average earner was earning R12 000 per month mmm not likley

  • Dianne - 2012-03-20 14:22

    Just came from Standard Bank Cresta. Closing "outside" branch and the staff are made redundant!! More unemployed!!

  • Jenna - 2012-03-20 16:59

    More cANCer propaganda.

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