Employment continued to strengthen in April 2013, with the economy creating 173k jobs (‘000):
That puts the employment growth figure at about 2.4 million jobs since the beginning of 2009. This helped absorb 137k new entrants into the labour force and 40k from the ranks of the unemployed. As a result, the unemployment rate has fallen again:
Despite what seems to be a much more challenging business environment this year, job generation appears to be intact even if the numbers were poor for February-March. As far as the labour market is concerned, things are about as tight as could be – the numbers for both retrenchment and active job seekers are down in 1Q2013. So far so good.
April 2013 Employment Report from the Department of Statistics (warning: pdf link)