While job losses in the Eastern Cape slowed in the first quarter of the year the province still tops the national unemployment rate.
The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) yesterday shows that when taking discouraged workers into account, 44 000 of every 100 000 in the province are not employed.
Nationally expanded unemployment is 35 100 of every 100 000.
The QLFS was released yesterday following rigorous campaigning by not employed. major political parties the ANC and DA with job creation as a major bone of contention at weekend rallies.
The QLFS showed 122 000 jobs were lost in Gauteng, Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.
KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape recorded job growth of 1 000 each while no jobs were gained or lost in the Eastern Cape in the period January to March of this year.
A comparison between the 12 month period to March with the same period from 2012 to 2013, showed that the DA-governed Western Cape recorded the largest increase of 146 000 jobs in the country.
The Eastern Cape recorded a 61 000 increase in jobs in this period.
“The DA government in the Western Cape has created 146 000 jobs over the last year, far more than all of the other provinces,” DA leader Helen Zille said in a statement.
President Jacob Zuma defended the ANC’s manifesto at Sunday’s rally promising to create six million job opportunities in the next five years, Business Day reported yesterday.
He said the expanded public works programme had created 3.9-million work opportunities since 2009.
Employment fell by 0.8% quarter to quarter while year-on-year employment rose 3.4% by 496 000, Stats SA said.