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Calamities driving workers away from agriculture

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THE CONTRACTION in agricultural employment accelerated to more than 11% in 2018, the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) said.

BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay told BusinessWorld last week that natural calamities have been depressing employment in agriculture.

“Given the calamities over the last three years, employment is really negative in agriculture,” Ms. Tutay said.

On Friday, the BLE reported that growth in Agricultural employment was minus 11.4% in 2018 compared with minus 2.0% in 2015.

The Agriculture sector includes Agriculture, Hunting, and Forestry; and Fishing and Aquaculture. The contraction in Agriculture, Hunting, and Forestry was 11.0% in 2018 compared to 2015. For Fishing and Aquaculture, the contraction was 14.7%.

Employment in the Agriculture sector was 10,002,000 in 2018, against 11,294,000 in 2015.

The Jobsfit 2022 Labor Market Information report classifies Agribusiness, or commercial agriculture, as a key employment generator for most regions. — Gillian M. Cortez