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The Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Statistics South Africa today, revealed that although the Western Cape sustained 50 000 job losses in the second quarter of 2018, a direct result of the hydrological drought on the agricultural sector, the province still recorded South Africa’s largest employment gains with 77 000 new jobs.

The Western Cape also remains the province with the lowest expanded unemployment rate in South Africa at 23,2%. The Western Cape’s closest competitor, Gauteng, has an expanded unemployment rate of 34,4%, a full 11,2 percentage points behind the Western Cape. This in the face of the devastating effects of a prolonged hydrological drought in our province.

The expanded unemployment rate includes discouraged workers and economically inactive citizens. This means that workers living in the Western Cape are the least discouraged in South Africa, with the province being home to the lowest number of economically inactive citizens.

These economic gains, in the face of some of the Western Cape’s worst challenges such as the water and drought crisis, have demonstrated this government’s commitment to preserving jobs and protecting our economy in the interests of guaranteeing opportunities to the people of the Western Cape.

The Western Cape’s ability to retain jobs year on year for the people of our province is proof of the DA-led Western Cape’s effective governance in the province, despite strenuous circumstances and low national economic growth.

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