South Africa's Jobless Rate Declines From a 14-Year HighBy and
Unemployment rate declines to 26.7 percent in period
Jobs added in the community, social-services industries
South Africa’s jobless rate eased from a 14-year high in the fourth quarter as an increase in community and social-services positions countered the decline in finance-industry jobs.
The unemployment rate was 26.7 percent in the three months through Dec. 31, Statistics South Africa said in a report released on Tuesday in the capital, Pretoria. The median of five economists’ estimates was for 27.2 percent.
Africa’s most-industrialized economy has struggled to expand its workforce as the nation mounted a weak recovery from its second recession in almost a decade. More than one in four people in the workforce have been unemployed in South Africa for the past two years.
Here are some highlights from the statement:
- The community and social-services sectors, which include the government, added 75,000 positions
- The manufacturing industry employed 42,000 more people in the period
- Agriculture added 39,000 jobs
- The finance industry lost 91,000 positions in the period
- The number of people employed declined by 21,000 to 16.17 million, while those without jobs fell 330,000 to 5.88 million
— With assistance by Simbarashe Gumbo