There has been a 17,8 % decline in those employed in agriculture in the Eastern Cape, according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey.
Year on year there were 15 000 less people employed in agriculture.
Although the number of employed people in the Eastern Cape has increased over the last year by 72 000, the horrific unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape continued to creep up due to new entrants onto the job market.
The expanded rate of unemployment is now 44,4 % in the Eastern Cape, an increase of 0,2 % compared with the first quarter of this year.
“In the light of the declining economy the province needs to pull out all stops to cut down on consumption expenditure and ensure that the resources we have are invested in creating a climate for economic growth, said Bobby Stevenson from the Democratic Alliance.
“The excessively high R 429 million, spend on provincial travel and accommodation needs to be cut.
Removing red tape, improving the efficiency of the civil service and ensuring value for money on infrastructural spending are some of the easy steps that the province can take to improve the climate for job creation,’ concluded Stevenson.