South Africa’s employment rate rises


South Africa’s employment level increased by 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) showed Tuesday.

Total employment increased marginally by 76,000 quarter-on-quarter, from 9,564,000 in September 2020 to 9,640,000 in December 2020, said Stats SA.

Economic sectors that contributed to the improvement included trade, community services and business services.

Full-time employment decreased by 0.1 percent quarter-on-quarter, from 8,621,000 in September 2020 to 8,610,000 in December 2020. This was largely due to decreases in construction, manufacturing, business services, transport, mining and quarrying.

Part-time employment, however, increased by 9.2 percent quarter-on-quarter, from 943,000 in September 2020 to 1,030,000 in December 2020. This was largely due to increases in community services, trade, business services, manufacturing and transport.

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