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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb.]

The results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the fourth quarter of 2019 indicate that the official unemployment rate remained unchanged (29,1%) compared to the third quarter of 2019. The results further indicate that the number of employed persons increased by 45 000 to 16,4 million and the number of unemployed persons decreased by 8 000 to 6,7 million in Q4: 2019 compared to Q3: 2019, resulting in an increase of 38 000 in the labour force.

The South African working-age population increased by 145 000 in Q4:2019 compared to Q3:2019. The number of discouraged work-seekers increased by 62 000 and those who were not active in the labour market for other reasons other than discouragement increased by 45 000 resulting in a net increase of 107 000 in the number of those who were not economically active.

Employment increased in two of the four sectors in Q4: 2019. The formal sector recording the largest employment increase of 117 000 followed by Agriculture (6 000). Employment in the informal sector declined by 77 000 and remain unchanged in the Private households.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.0% y/y in December 2019 (CPI) & +3.4 y/y in December 2019 (PPI)
-0.6% q/q (3rd quarter of 2019)
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