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2022Q1 Eastern Cape Labour Market Highlights

Published: June 24, 2022

Eastern Cape labour market highlights: First quarter 2022

The Eastern Cape unemployment rate decreased to 44.0%.
The number of employed people increased by 2.6% to 1.3 million.
Employment declined by 14.2% in the agricultural sector. 
The Eastern Cape youth unemployment rate (aged 15 - 34 years) reached 60.2%.
Within the unemployed people in the province, 49.3% have secondary not completed.
The female unemployment rate was lower (42.7%) than that of males, which was recorded at 45.1% in 2022Q1.


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