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Title:The measurement of employment status in South Africa using cohort analysis, 1994-2004
Authors:Branson, NicolaISNI
Wittenberg, MartinISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
labour force
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2007.00113.x/pdf
Abstract:This paper analyses trends in employment, unemployment and labour force participation in South Africa by simple graphical techniques, using all the October Household Surveys and the September Labour Force Surveys for the period 1994-2004. It shows that African male employment in 1995 seems high, when compared to all the other surveys. Furthermore, much of the increase in African female labour force participation is concentrated in the period 1998 to 2000, which suggests that measurement and sampling changes may be partially responsible for the trend. The paper tracks cohorts of individuals over the eleven years for which data are available. It shows that young people are leaving school earlier, while being better educated than their elders. They are not, however, being absorbed into employment at a faster rate. This has led to a spike in youth unemployment. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]