There has been a decrease in employment in the country by 21 000 from 9 991 000 in December 2022 to 9 970 000 in March 2023. Stats SA announced on Tuesday that total employment in South Africa decreased by 0.2% between the fourth quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. 

Sectors such as business services, trade, transport and construction taking some of the hardest hits.

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This was largely due to decreases in the following industries: trade (-36 0000, business services (-32 000), transport (-2 000) and construction (-2 000). However, there were increases in the following industries: community services (41 000), mining (5 000), manufacturing (4 000) and electricity (1 000).

Total employment decreased by 97 000 or -1,0% year-on-year between March 2022 and March 2023.

Full-time employment decreased by 63 000 or -0,7 % quarter-on-quarter. From 8 881 000 in December 2022 to 8 818 000 in March 2023. This was largely due to decreases in the following industries: business services (-57 000 or -2,6%), trade (-14 000 or -0,7%), community services (-5 000 or -0,2%) and transport (-3 000 or -0,8%). 

However, there were increases in the following industries: mining (5 000 or 1,1%), manufacturing (5 000 or 0,4%), construction (5 000 or 1,2%) and electricity (1 000 or 1,8%).

EMPLOYMENT DECREASE IN FIRST QUARTER 

Full-time employment decreased by 24 000 or -0,3% year-on-year between March 2022 and March 2023.

Part-time employment increased by 42 000 or 3,8% quarter-on-quarter, from 1 110 000 in December 2022 to 1 152 000 in March 2023. This was largely due to increases in the following industries: community services (46 000 or 9,7%), business services (25 000 or 12,1%), and transport (1 000 or 6,3%).

The electricity industry reported no quarterly change. However, there were decreases in the following industries: trade (-22 000 or -8,6%), construction (-7 000 or -9,2%) and manufacturing (-1 000 or -1,3%).

Part-time employment decreased by 73 000 or -6,0% year-on-year between March 2022 and March 2023.