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According to Statistics South Africa, the unemployment rate in the Western Cape has decreased by 4.3% compared to the previous year.
The Quarterly Labour Force Survey results from Stats SA also indicate a 12.6% increase in employment in the province.
Mireille Wenger, the Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC, says that this data reflects growth in the province’s economy.
“The goal is to create long-term sustainable jobs in the Western Cape. We are seeing growth in our tourism industry, which has not only recovered from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but is now expanding,” Wenger explained.
She also mentioned, “We are anticipating a 25% rise in tourist numbers this summer season, which we believe will contribute to job creation in the Western Cape and in South Africa. There are many reasons to be hopeful.”
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