Since Zuma Became President, Employment Increased By 1.5 Million


His Excellency, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was elected the President of South Africa by parliament after ANC’s victory in the 2009 general election. Again, he was re-elected in 2014.

Ever since Zuma began leading the nation, employment increased by 1.5 million. Precisely, the number of people employed between 2009 and 2015 increased from 14.2 million to 15.7 million.

In the formal sector, employment levels increased by 968 000 to 10.9 million. At the other end, the informal sector, employment increased from 2.2 million in 2009 to 2.6 million in 2015.

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This is according to the Labour Market Dynamics Report for 2009 to 2015. South Africa’s Statistician General Pali Lehohla talked about the report at a media briefing in Pretoria.

Lehohla acknowledged that the increase in employment is the consequence of growth in eight industries.

The Statistician General recounted that the biggest increase was recorded in community and social services (737 000), finances (336 000) and construction (216 000).

Also, it was indicated that men, adults and those with experience were more likely to find work. Female youths with no experience were identified as the least likely to find jobs.

“Men remain generally better off in the labor market than women,” Lehohla remarked.

While men on average worked 45 hours per week, women worked 41 hours per week. The transport industry recorded the longest average workweek at 50 hours per week.

For the same period, the report showed that employees who were entitled to be paid sick leave increased by 0.6 percent to 68.3 percent.

Above all, the Labour Market Dynamics Report showed that the official unemployment rate of 25.3 percent in 2015, is 1.6 percent higher than in 2009.

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Meanwhile, the recent Quarterly Employment Statistics for the second quarter of 2016 disclosed that 67,000 South Africans have joined the large number of the country’s unemployed.

According to Statistician General Pali Lehohla, the job losses happened in all industries except electricity and construction.

48,000 jobs were lost in community, social and personal services; manufacturing lost 7,000 jobs; transport and communication another 7,000. Trade declined by 4,000 and mining, 1,000.

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