Employment declines were recorded in Transport (41‚000)‚ Mining (14‚000)‚ Utilities (6‚000) and Agriculture (3‚000).
While the official unemployment rate remained unchanged at 26‚7% in the first four months of 2018 compared to the last quarter of 2017‚ it increased in seven of the nine provinces and it decreased in two of the provinces‚ said Stats SA.
The largest increase in the unemployment rate was recorded in Mpumalanga (up by 3‚5 percentage points)‚ Northern Cape (up by 2‚4 percentage points)‚ and North West (up by 1‚9 percentage points). KwaZulu-Natal (down by 1‚8 percentage points) and Gauteng (down by 0‚5 of a percentage point) recorded a decline in official unemployment rate.
The expanded unemployment rate increased by 0‚4 of a percentage point in Q1: 2018 to 36‚7% quarter-to-quarter‚ said Stats SA.
Of the 10‚3 million persons aged (15-24 years) 32‚4% (approximately 3‚3 million) were not in employment‚ education or training in the first quarter of 2018 - "implying that close to one in three young South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 years were disengaged from the labour market‚" said Stats SA. This was unchanged‚ compared to the first quarter of 2017.