Category Archives: Press Statements

PRESS STATEMENT: Survey of Employers and the Self-Employed (SESE), 2013: 14 August 2014

PRESS STATEMENT: Survey of Employers and the Self-Employed (SESE), 2013: 14 August 2014

The SESE is a household-based sample survey conducted every four years. The survey collects detailed information about non-VAT registered businesses, most of which are in the informal sector. Highlights Table 1: Individuals running informal businesses, 2001–2013 2001 2005* 2009 2013 2001 2005 2009 2013 Thousand Per cent  By sex 2 258 1 668 1 144   read more »


Media Release, Mid –Year Population Estimates 2014

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) estimates the population of South Africa to be 54 million as at July 2014, where about 30,0% of the population is aged younger than 15 years and approximately 8,4% (4,54 million) is 60 years or older. The Mid-year population estimates further indicate that approximately fifty-one per cent (approximately 27,64 million)   read more »


Quarterly Labour Force Survey: Quarter 2 (April to June), 2014 Press Statement

Quarterly Labour Force Survey: Quarter 2 (April to June), 2014 Press Statement

29 July 2014 Employment increased by 39 000 between Q1: 2014 and Q2: 2014, while unemployment increased by 87 000 resulting in an increase of 126 000 persons in the labour force. Consequently, the unemployment rate increased by 0,3 of a percentage point to 25,5% in Q2: 2014. The expanded unemployment rate reached 35,6% in   read more »


Documented Immigrants in South Africa, 2013 – Media Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release 14 July 2014 Contact: Lesedi Dibakwane, 0828057088 lesedid@statssa.gov.za Documented Immigrants in South Africa, 2013 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will release the annual publication on Documented Immigrants in South Africa, 2013. The publication provides findings from the Department Home Affairs data on approved applications for Temporary and Permanent residence permits.   read more »


Quarterly Employment Statistics, March 2014

Key findings on employment and earnings for the quarter ended March 2014 The number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy increased from an estimated 8 498 000 employees in December 2013 to an estimated 8 507 000 employees in March 2014. Statistics South Africa released the results of the   read more »


Life is somewhat better in the country

More people rely on state coffers as the percentage of individuals that benefited from social grants has increased from 12,7% in 2003 to 30,2% in 2013, and the percentage of households that received at least one grant increased from 29,9% to 45,5%. This is according to the latest results of the General Household Survey (GHS)   read more »


Media Advisory: General Household Survey (GHS) 2013

6 June 2014 General Household Survey (GHS) 2013 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will release the results of the General Household Survey (GHS) 2013, which will outline findings on multiple facets of the living conditions of South African households, as well as the quality of service delivery in a number of key service sectors. The   read more »


National and provincial labour market: Youth Q1: 2008 to Q1: 2014

National and provincial labour market: Youth Q1: 2008 to Q1: 2014

The unemployment rate among youth increased from 32,7% to 36,1% between 2008 and 2014; in the post recessionary period, the unemployment rate has been consistently higher among youth than among adults by more than 20 percentage points.  The report released by Statistics South Africa examines in detail various aspects of the situation faced by youth   read more »


Real gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices decreased by 0,6 per cent during the first quarter of 2014

The seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the first quarter of 2014 decreased by an annualised rate of 0,6 per cent compared with an increase of 3,8 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2013. The main contributors to the decrease in economic activity in the first quarter of 2014 were the mining   read more »


QUARTERLY LABOUR FORCE SURVEY: Quarter 1(January to March), 2014

QUARTERLY LABOUR FORCE SURVEY: Quarter 1(January to March), 2014

Stats SA today released the Q1:2014 results which show a quarterly decline in employment by 122 000 due to a loss of 110 000 jobs in the informal sector. Formal sector employment was virtually unchanged at 10,8 million compared with the previous quarter, while both Private households and Agriculture shed jobs (14 000 and 5 000 respectively). The   read more »