Amid something of a furore over the news of a decline in South Africa's unemployment rate to 21,9%, Statistics South Africa said on Thursday during a briefing at Cosatu House that the lower rate is statistically correct.
This came after conducting an internal quality check, but does not mean jobs were created in high-paying areas, or growth engines, of the economy.
A number of commentators were highly critical of the fourth quarter labour force survey (QLFS) result of a decline in unemployment from 23,2% and an addition of 189 000 jobs at a time when GDP growth was reported at - 1,9%.
Rudi Dicks, executive director of the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (Naledi), who hosted the briefing, said the one concern was the disparity between GDP and the jobs report, while the other was how redefining what a discouraged work seeker is enabled a drop in the figure.
"We understand that this continues to be a high number, so is this political football?" asked Dicks.
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