12 Oct More Agricultural Workers Lose Jobs Due to El Niño Phenomenon
Engr. Cecilio Y. Clarete, chief economic development specialist of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-X, disclosed that as of April of this year, 2016, employed agricultural workers in Northern Mindanao deemed only 642,000 which is down by 18.83 percent from the registered 791,000 workers of the same month last year, 2015. This translates to some 149,000 agricultural workers in the region losing their jobs, and this is due to the El Niño phenomenon in the country.
In the total employment, the decrease of employed persons in the agriculture industry contributed to its reduction by 0.88 percent in spite of the increases of Services by 8.30 percent, and in Manufacturing industries by 0.88 percent. To mention, the subsectors with observed increases during the period were Construction, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, Education, Administrative and Support Services, and Trade.
In terms of employment rate, an increase of 94.6 percent was observed in the region during the second quarter of 2016 compared to 94.4 percent of the same quarter in 2015. On the other hand, underemployment in the region observed an increase to 28.8 percent compared to 25.5 percent of the same period.