Top Industries shedding jobs

By Anthony Bernadie MPL, Leader of the official opposition:

The following notice of motion was delivered in the Mpumalanga Legislature today by leader of the official opposition, Anthony Benadie MPL, during today’s sitting.

I rise on behalf of the Democratic Alliance to table a notice of motion.

Noting Hon. Speaker, on Tuesday, the 26th May 2015, Statistics SA released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey, and the results do not look good for Mpumalanga.

Hon. Members, it is important that this house notes that:

  • The unemployment rate has increased from 26.6% in the last quarter of 2014 to 28.4% in the 1st quarter of 2015.
  • The expanded definition of unemployment has also gone up from 40.5% to 40.7% over the same period.
  • 20% of the economically inactive people in the province are there because they are discouraged workers (cannot find a job).

Further noting that of the 10 industries that were surveyed by Stats SA, 4 of them recorded job losses. The concern becomes apparent when one looks at the trade industry (which is the top job supplier) recording job losses amounting to 12 000.

The Agriculture and Mining sector have also shed jobs with 11 000 and 20 000 jobs being lost respectively.

As such, I move that this house, at its next sitting, debate the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, the loss of jobs and the failure by the ANC-led government to grow the Provincial Government and create jobs.

This is one serious matter that deserves the time and attention of the legislature and the DA is very concerned with the latest stats.

I so move.