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07 August 2017
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The Western Cape has added 137 000 jobs in the last quarter according to today’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Stats SA, the largest proportion of new jobs in the country. The Province still has the country’s lowest expanded unemployment rate, having decreased from 24,7% to 24.6%.

Nationally the expanded unemployment rate has increased by 0.2% and stands at a staggering 36.6%, 12% higher than in the Western Cape. Gauteng has an expanded unemployment rate of 32,9% and KwaZulu-Natal 40,4%, 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. Through the DA-led Western Cape government’s Project Khulisa, which is a focused intervention program, we have accelerated 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 is further pleasing to note that the City of Cape Town recorded significant gains in employment with a 0,3% drop in unemployment and the creation of 63 000 jobs. This figure, in relation to the provincial statistic, means that a total of 74 000 non-metro jobs have been created in the Western Cape.

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