KZN's unemployment rate drops

KZN's unemployment rate drops

The unemployment rate in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has decreased significantly compared to other provinces, according to Statistics SA's Quarterly Labour Force survey.

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South Africa's unemployment rate climbed by a percentage point from last year to 30,1% in the first quarter of 2020. 

Stats SA found that young people between the ages of 25 and 34 were the hardest hit. 

"KwaZulu-Natal is the third lowest with unemployment. The lowest with unemployment is the Western Cape at 20.9 percent followed by Limpopo at 23.9 percent. 

KwaZulu-Natal is sitting at 26.9 percent, it is below the national average of 30.1 percent," says Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke. 

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Maluleke says many sectors experienced job losses in the first quarter of this year compared to the last quarter of 2019. 

"Finance in the form of agricultural as well as engineering and other technical activities, legal work and other advertising have lost 50 000 jobs quarter on quarter. 

"Services in government, especially educational services, sporting and other recreational activities have lost 33 000 jobs. Agriculture, farming of animals, forestry and related services lost 21 000 jobs. Transport and the railway services have lost 17 000 jobs."

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