SOUTH Africa’s formal, nonagricultural sector added 10,000 jobs from the quarter ended June to the end of September, bringing the number of people employed in the sector to 8.44-million from 8.43-million, Statistics South Africa’s September quarterly employment statistics survey showed on Tuesday.

The survey covers a sample of about 20,208 value added tax-registered private and public enterprises in the formal, nonagricultural sector of the economy.

Gross earnings paid to employees during the quarter ended September amounted to R369.9bn‚ reflecting a quarterly increase of R17.4bn‚ or 4.9%‚ compared with the quarter to end-June.

There was an increase of 2.8% in the average monthly earnings paid to employees in the sector between May (an estimated R13,578) and August (an estimated R13,960).

The mining and quarrying industry reported no change in employment in September this year compared with September last year, but there was a quarterly decrease of 15,000 employees or 2.8% in the quarter ended September compared with that ending June.

Analysts said the decrease could be attributed to layoffs in the mining sector following wildcat strikes in the third quarter.

The manufacturing industry reported an annual decrease of 4,000 employees or 0.3% in September 2012 compared with September 2011, with no change in employment in the quarter ending in September compared with that ending in June. The sector has been severely affected by muted global demand and partly by spillovers from the mining sector strikes.

The community, social and personal services industry performed strongly, reporting an annual increase of 51,000 employees (2.2%) in September this year compared with September last year.

A quarterly increase of 20,000 employees (0.8%) was reported for the September quarter compared with the June quarter, mainly due to increases in employment in provincial administration, local government, government departments, universities and technikons, and education.