The significant decline in the number of employed South Africans is set to influence proceedings at next week’s jobs summit significantly. The number of employed South Africans fell by 69,000 in the second quarter, driven largely by a huge fall in the community services sector, data from the Quarterly Employment Survey released by Stats SA on Wednesday showed. The mining and manufacturing sectors also bled jobs, the report read. Jobs losses were prompted by the weak growth environment and structural constraints in the economy, said FNB chief economist Mamello Matikinca. The data from the employment survey is separate from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey. The labour force survey gives SA’s official unemployment rate, while the employment survey gives a snapshot of total employment in the non-agricultural formal sector.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a jobs summit that will look at what is needed to grow the economy and make it more productive. It is also meant to en...

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