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Title:Employment and Unemployment in South Africa
Author:Simkins, Charles
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:22
Issue:2
Period:May
Pages:253-278
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:statistics
labour
unemployment
employment
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/cjca0258900042000230041
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4637AE25F72A5A0CDC73
Abstract:Statistical information about the labour market in South Africa has always lagged behind analytical and policy-driven needs for it. This remains true today, even though the period since 1994 has seen a dramatic increase in statistical information about the labour market. Sources include Statistics South Africa's Survey of Employment and Earnings, available on a monthly or quarterly basis, two population censuses (1996, 2001), six October Household Surveys, six Labour Force Surveys and a time-use study conducted in 2000. The challenge now is to reconcile the findings of these data sources by comparing them, establishing the reliability of each, drawing conclusions and assembling a coherent account of the contemporary labour market. As a coda, a simple projection to 2013 is designed to give a sense of how permanent present patterns of employment and unemployment are likely to be. Although it is quite likely that South Africa's unemployment rate may drop in the next decade, it is unlikely that the drop will be great. A substantial labour surplus will still exist in 2013. A consideration of the political economy of unemployment, its salience and the range and adequacy of political responses to it concludes the article. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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