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  • Over 7.9m unemployed people in SA during first quarter of 2022 – Stats SA

    Over 7.9m unemployed people in SA during first quarter of 2022 – Stats SA

    Statistics South Africa released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for Q1: 2022. The survey showed that there were over 7.9 million unemployed South Africans during the first quarter of 2022. This is despite an overall decline in the joblessness rates.

    There was a slight decrease in unemployed persons

    The number of unemployed people in South Africa decreased by around 60 000. The official unemployment rate decreased from 35.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021 to 34.5% in the first quarter of 2022. This is a decrease of 0.8 percentage points.

    “The number of unemployed persons decreased by 60 000 to 7,9 million in the 1st quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter. The number of discouraged work-seekers decreased by 54 000 (1,4%) and the number of people who were not economically active for reasons other than discouragement decreased by 112 000 (0,8%) between the two quarters resulting in a net decrease of 166 000 in the not economically active population,”

    Stats SA.

    Although there was a slight decline in the unemployment rate, millions of South Africans are still without work. Government and experts agree that this will not change overnight. Stats SA revealed that 370 000 more people were employed in the first quarter of this year than in the fourth quarter of last year.

    Some sectors saw increases in employment while some race groups remain vulnerable

    Social services, community, as well as manufacturing and trade, saw increases in employment.  However, there were job losses in Private households, Finance, Construction and Agriculture.

    Stats SA also revealed that regardless of gender the Black African and Coloured population in South Africa remain vulnerable.

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    Regardless of gender, the Black African and Coloured population groups remain vulnerable in terms of work. Photo: @StatsSA / Twitter

    Breaking: Huge relief, as ANC moves to REDUCE petrol price increase

    In other news making headlines, it was reported that the ANC left it late on Tuesday, but the government has now confirmed that they WILL intervene to prevent this latest petrol price increase from getting wildly out of hand.

    Ministers Gwede Mantashe and Enoch Godongwana have both agreed to EXTEND the reduction of the General Fuel Levy by an extra two months. Had it been allowed to expire as planned this evening, South Africans would likely have paid about R4-per-litre MORE on their fuel in June. Read the full story here.

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