Statistics South Africa has released its quarterly employment figures, announcing a drop of 0.2% in the first quarter.
Statistician-General Pali Lehohla explains that this equates to 15 000 job losses in the first three months of 2016.
The figures are estimated from "firm-based" information received from companies and employers in the country.
He says that mining, manufacturing, retail and hospitality are among the many industries to take a knock in the formal sector.
The net loss in all these sectors has been 15 000 jobs. In relation to earnings lost, it's R22 billion.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General at StatsSA
This is in comparison with the expanded unemployment rate of 37% in South Africa, Lehohla explains.
According to Lehohla, public services and construction are the only two areas which have seen a rise in employment.
Lehohla unpacks the challenges affecting employment figures in many of the industries, including drought.
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