SA jobs increase by 16 000

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Johannesburg - The number of people employed in the formal non-agricultural sector increased by 16,000 from June this year to September, Statistics SA (StatsSA) said on Wednesday.

This was a 0.2 percent increase, from 8,437,000 employees at the end of June, to about 8,453,000 in September, StatsSA said in its Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES).

The QES is a survey of selected industries and the number of employees and gross salaries paid.

The gross earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector increased during the quarter July to September.

The earnings paid to employees during the quarter amounted to R397.7 billion.

This reflected a quarterly increase of R12.9bn (plus 3.4 percent) compared to the quarter April to June this year.

Compared to the quarter ended September last year, employment increased in the sector during the same period this year.

There was an annual increase of about 14,000 employees (plus 0.2 percent) compared with September 2012.

Gross earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector increased between the same period last year and this year.

There was an annual increase of R25.8bn (plus 6.9 percent) compared to the same quarter last year. - Sapa


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