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Slight employment increase brings hope but we need action from the top to get people working

The slight increase of 0,8% (76 000) in employment numbers is good news but there is still reason for concern as total employment decreased by 594 000 or (-5,8%) year-on-year between December 2019 and December 2020 with construction and manufacturing industries hit hard, shedding more than 30 000 jobs in the quarter.


The small improvement was driven by employment in the trade, community and business services and is a step in the right direction, boosting economic growth. Against the background of Covid-19’s devastating effect on economic activities last year, any slight improvement towards economic growth is welcome as we work towards kick-starting our economy.

However, Stats SA’s announcement of a 32.5% unemployment rate for last month is more reason for concern as it demonstrates that more jobs were lost than gained. While it is clear that it will take a few years to recover from the lockdowns the question is how long the employed minority can continue to carry the burden of our struggling economy while government can’t seem to find a way to effectively remedy the situation?

Millions of jobs were lost in 2020 and UASA called on government several times to step in and find practical ways out of the crisis. We once again urge government to root out the corruption that is destroying our country and to invest recovered funds into youth development and job creation.

We need an active and well-functioning economy to help us recover from Covid-19’s  economic destruction. We need action from the top.

 For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.

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