It comes as no surprise that there has been an increase in the unemployment rate in Gauteng.
According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) that was released for the first quarter of 2022, the unemployment rate in the province currently stands at 36.7%.
Currently, there are 2 658 000 unemployed Gauteng residents, while there are 680 000 discouraged work seekers in the province.
This increase in the unemployment rate is extremely concerning, given Premier David Makhura’s claims that his administration is committed to ensuring that employment opportunities are created through various programmes led by the government.
However, the quarterly reports paint a different picture regarding the job creation targets and, in many instances, these targets are not met.
These job creation targets and skills development programmes play an integral part in ensuring that there is a conducive environment for the private sector to invest in the economy.
It is high time that Premier Makhura, and his executives should ensure that all job creation and skills development targets set each year are met.
This is critical for our unemployed residents who are not able to access tertiary institutions due to a lack of finances.
The DA will continue to put pressure on the Premier Makhura-led administration to meet all its job creation targets. We also demand that where these targets are not met, the political head and officials responsible for these programmes are held to account.