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15 000 job losses in first quarter of 2016 - StatSA

Statistics South Africa has released its quarterly employment figures, announcing a drop of 0.2% in the first quarter.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla explains that this equates to 15 000 job losses in the first three months of 2016.

The figures are estimated from "firm-based" information received from companies and employers in the country.

He says that mining, manufacturing, retail and hospitality are among the many industries to take a knock in the formal sector.

The net loss in all these sectors has been 15 000 jobs. In relation to earnings lost, it's R22 billion.

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General at StatsSA

This is in comparison with the expanded unemployment rate of 37% in South Africa, Lehohla explains.

According to Lehohla, public services and construction are the only two areas which have seen a rise in employment.

Lehohla unpacks the challenges affecting employment figures in many of the industries, including drought.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:

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