Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council

The Eastern Cape unemployment rate declined by 2.1 percentage points to 40.0% in 2023Q1

Published: July 02, 2023

ECSECC has published its Eastern Cape Labour Market report for the first quarter of 2023.

Here are the highlights of the report:
  • The Eastern Cape unemployment rate declined by 2.1 percentage points to 40.0%.
  • The number of employed people increased by 3.0%.
  • Employment decreased significantly in the private households’ sector by 19.5% and increased by 5.1% in the formal sector (non-agricultural).
  • The Eastern Cape youth unemployment rate (aged 15 - 34 years) declined to 51.4%.
  • Within the not economically active persons in the province, 56.6% have secondary not completed.
  • The female unemployment rate was higher (40.3%) than that of males, which was recorded at 39.6%.
To read the full report, click here:ecsecclabour-report2023q1_nUlY8.pdf

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