Employment figures drop

THE number of people employed in non-agricultural sectors decreased by 2,1percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2008 - the first quarter-on-quarter decline since 2005.

THE number of people employed in non-agricultural sectors decreased by 2,1percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2008 - the first quarter-on-quarter decline since 2005.

Stats SA said yesterday in its quarterly survey for the first quarter of this year that employment figures dropped for the first time since 2002.

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