By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State province has confirmed that they are concerned by the ‘grim outcomes’ for the Free State in the recent labour force survey for the first quarter of 2021 released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).
“As we enter the month of June which is meant to be a celebration of our youth, there is very little to inspire confidence for our youth that free State will provide them with the dignity of having a job. The employment rates have gone in the wrong direction and the Free State is setting all the wrong records and for the wrong reasons,” said FS DA MPL, Dr Roy Jankielsohn.
This follows the recent announcement by the Stats SA regarding the labour force survey for the first quarter of 2021 which indicates that the Free State recorded the largest decreases of employment in the country at 42 000.
The latest statistics confirmed that the province has also increased from 33.4% to 35.6%.
In a working population (people aged between 15-64 years) of the Free State’s population, 703 000 are employed whilst 388 000 are unemployed. Therefore this means that 872 000 remain economically inactive and 104 000 disgruntled job seekers.
“These unemployment percentages in the Free State are a cause for serious concern. This should raise the alarm bells to the provincial government who have seemingly been more focused on internal factionalism and continued looting than creating an environment in the Free State in which investors can invest to create jobs for the province. The Free State provincial government appears to undermining all private sector initiates by failing to create an enabling environment for investment,” said Dr Jankielsohn.
Dr Jankielsohn has also indicated no investor will want to put their money in the Free State province, if government cannot deliver basic services such as providing reliable electricity and water, ensuring that the roads network in the province is in a safe and working condition, and ridding the province of drug peddlers and increasing levels of crime.
Meanwhile, the DA has commended the agricultural, mining, trading, and finance sectors who have managed to create an increased numbers of employment opportunities for Free State from the previous quarter amid tough economic conditions and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
source: FREE STATE CENTRAL NEWS, photos: DA free state on Twitter