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1 June 2017

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The Western Cape has added 21 000 jobs in the last quarter according to today’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Stats SA. The Province still has the country’s lowest expanded unemployment rate, with 24.7%.

Nationally the expanded unemployment rate has increased by 0.8% and stands at a staggering 36.4%, 12% higher than in the Western Cape. Gauteng has an expanded unemployment rate of 32% and KwaZulu-Natal 41%, showing that where the DA governs the economy grows faster and more people are employed.

The DA-led Western Cape is on the right track to creating opportunities for economic growth and jobs. Project Khulisa is a focused intervention program by the Western Cape to accelerate economic growth in Tourism, Agri-Processing and the Oil and Gas sectors. The Red-Tape Reduction Unit within the Department of Economic Opportunities has achieved a 96.5% success rate to unblock red tape that hampers blockages and small business growth.

It’s pleasing to note that the City of Cape Town recorded significant gains in employment of 29 000.

The DA will continue to stimulate and create an enabling environment for growth and jobs in the Western Cap

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