The agricultural sector lost another 25 000 jobs in the last quarter. About 84% of the current quarter’s losses was in the Western Cape, an indication of the scope of the intense drought.
The working age population increased by approximately 156 000 persons in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2017. This resulted in an increase of 125 000 in the labour force and 31 000 in the number of those not economically active.
The increase in the labour force in the third quarter of 2017 resulted in the labour market rates (unemployment rate, absorption rate and labour force participation rate) remaining unchanged from the second quarter of 2017.
The largest decline in the unemployment rate was recorded in Free State (down by 2,6 percentage points), Limpopo (down by 1,7 percentage points) and Mpumalanga (down by 1,6 percentage points). In comparison to the same period last year, the unemployment rate increased by 0,6 of a percentage point. During this period, the largest increase in official unemployment rate was recorded in Eastern Cape (7,3 percentage points).
Agri sector loses more jobs