The quarterly employment statistics, an enterprise survey of formal employment released by Stats SA, revealed what we have always feared about the labour market — a slow recovery in jobs growth continues, but a rising number of those coming back into the labour market are more vulnerable than before the pandemic.

The economy added 42,000 jobs during the first quarter of 2022 compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. This reflects the net effects of employment growth in community services (69,000), manufacturing (8,000) and mining (2,000) and declines in trade (-18,000), construction (-9,000), business services (-8,000) and transport (-2,000)...

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