28 Jun

UASA Media Release: 28 June 2022

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

As announced in Stats SA’s Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey published this morning, the higher number of employed workers brings a ray of hope to South Africa’s economy.

Employment increased by 42 000 or (0, 4%) quarter-on-quarter from 10 062 000 in December 2021 to 10 104 000 in March 2022. Year-on-year employment grew by 200 000 (2, 0%) between March 2021 and March 2022. While this points to employers stabilising their businesses, it is concerning that the number of workers who find jobs does not reflect a decrease in job seekers. South Africa, with its unemployment rate of 34, 5%, ranks among world economies with the highest unemployment rate. Our economy faces enormous challenges, Covid-19-pandemic hangover, rising inflation, repetitive fuel price hikes and escalating load-shedding. Struggling companies need to become and stay sustainable to produce sufficient jobs. Swift action is required.

Community services recorded the highest increase in employment (69 000 or 2, 4%), as did manufacturing (8 000 or 0, 7%) and mining (2 000 or 0, 4%). A notable decrease was noted in trade (-18 000 or -0, 8%), construction (-9 000 or -1, 7%), business services (-8 000 or -0, 3%) and transport (-2 000 or -0, 5%).

UASA again urges government and fellow South Africans to step in and lend a helping hand towards the unemployment crisis by investing in small to medium enterprises. Let’s keep workers in jobs while we grow and create more employment.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.

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