By Arthur Pose

The Western Cape has added 26,000 new jobs in the last quarter of 2018.

That’s according to data from Stats SA’s “Quarterly Labour Force Survey”.

The unemployment rate dropped by 1.1 percent from the previous three months, down to 19.3 percent.

Key contributors were agriculture, transport and the finance sector.

The province’s expanded unemployment rate – which includes people who’ve given up looking for work – stands at 23.1 percent.

That’s significantly lower than the national figure of 37 percent.

Economic Opportunities MEC Beverley Schäfer says the department will continue to build the enabling environment.