SA's non-Agriculture Employment Surges

The non-agriculture formal employment has surged by 155,000 jobs in the second quarter, the Quarterly Employment Statistics survey reported.

According to the report released by Statistics South Africa, the increase was boosted by a rise in the community, social and personal services industry that saw a growth of about 5.8 per cent.
The trade industry recorded an increase of 17,000 jobs with the construction sector reporting 5,000 jobs.

The survey also reported decreases in the manufacturing sector by 6,000, transport by 4,000, mining and electricity went down 1,000 jobs respectively.

The country also saw a rise in year-on-year employment statistics.

"Employment increased by 229 000 jobs (+2.7 per cent) year-on-year between June 2013 and June 2014," read the report.

"Community services reported the largest increase (+220 000 or +9.2 per cent), followed by trade (+26 000 or +1.5 per cent) and finance (+15 000 or +0.8 per cent)."

According to the survey, these increases were offset by employment decreases in mining, manufacturing and transport.

The same period also saw a rise in gross earnings paid to employees by 3.9 billion rand from 404 billion rand in March 2014 to 408 billion rand in June 2014.

The survey also reported year-on-year gross earnings having surged by 24 billion rand.
The surge was mainly due to increases in the community services and transport industries.