PH unemployment rate drops for second straight quarter—SWS

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2019   •   2420

FILE PHOTO: Job fair organized by Deparment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Ritchie Tongo\ Photoville International
FILE PHOTO: Job fair organized by Deparment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Ritchie Tongo Photoville International

The Philippine unemployment rate has dropped for the second straight quarter according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Based on the survey conducted from March 28 to 31, 2019, the unemployment rate went down to 19.7% or approximately 9.4 million adult Filipinos who are unemployed.

This is 2.3% lower compared to the survey results in September 2018 (22%).

Among the 9.4 million unemployed Filipinos, 4.5 million were adults who voluntarily left their jobs, 3.6 million adults who were retrenched, and 1.3 million adults who are first-time job seekers.

“The March 2019 survey found that the adult labor force participation rate is at 71.4% or an estimated 47.6 million adults. This is 5.2 points above 66.2% or an estimated 42.4 million adults in December 2018.

The estimated size of the adult labor force in previous quarters were 44.4 million adults (69.3% of adults) in September 2018 and 43.8 million (68.3%) in June 2018,” the survey states.(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Unemployment rate in PH rose to 4.2M in February – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of Filipinos who lost their jobs jumped to 4.2 million in February this year, based on data released by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Tuesday.

In a virtual press briefing, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Dennis Mapa said the unemployment rate in February was recorded at 8.8 percent, which is equivalent to 4.2 million Filipinos aged 15 and above.

Mapa said this is higher than the 8.7 percent or 4 million individuals in January 2021.

The underemployment rate, meanwhile, clocked in at 18.2 percent in the second month of the year. This is higher when compared to 16 percent recorded in the previous month, according to the PSA.

Mapa said the February’s statistics is the first data released under the PSA’s new monthly survey.

“Simula nitong Pebrero 2021, ang buwanang labor force survey ay isasagawa sa pagitan ng quarterly or regular labor force survey upang magkaroon ng high frequency data on labor and employment bilang isa sa mga basehan sa paggawa ng polisiya at plano, lalo na iyong may kinalaman sa COVID-19,” he said.

PSA’s data showed that the unemployment rate rose to 17.6 percent in April 2020 following the first lockdown implemented to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

According to Mapa, the latest enforcement of stringent COVID-19 protocols will likely reflect in the April 2021 survey.

Metro Manila and four nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna have been placed under enhanced community quarantine from March 29 to April 4.

On Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte some areas in the country under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) for the month of April due to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections.

The Philippines on Monday recorded 10,016 new coronavirus infections, the highest since the pandemic began last year.

The latest figure pushed the country’s total active cases to 115,495 and the total cases to 731,894, according to the Department of Health.

Unemployment rate in October 2020 eases to 8.7% —PSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2020

The unemployment rate in October 2020 eases to 8.7%, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

From April 2020, with a 17.6% unemployment rate, the number of unemployed Filipinos continued to drop to 10% in July and 8.7% in October. This is equivalent to 3.8 million Filipinos, 15 years old and above, who are unemployed.

With several establishments reopening after strict lockdowns due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), several Filipinos were able to find jobs during the last quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, the underemployment rate also droppedd to 14.4% this October, compared to 17.3%t last July.

The PSA said the economy is gradually recovering as lockdowns continue to ease. -AAC

4 out of 5 Filipinos say their quality of life worsened in the past year – SWS survey

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The latest poll of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reveals that 82 percent of adult Filipinos believed their lives have worsened in the last 12 months, termed in the survey as “losers”.

Meanwhile, 11 percent said their lives remained unchanged and the other six percent or the so-called ‘gainers’ believed it got better.

This was based on the recent National Mobile Phone Survey that the SWS conducted from September 17 to 20, 2020.

The result net gainers score in September 2020 is -76 percent which is considered ‘catastrophic’ by the polling firm.

The September 2020 score joins the worst trends in survey history of SWS and the worsening of life quality is experienced in all areas of the country.

For its part, the Palace said it is saddened by the outcome of the survey which is brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque expects the quality of life of Filipinos to improve as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

“Tingin ko naman po from now on, bubuti na po ang buhay natin [I believe that from now on, our life will improve],” he said.

“Papalabas na po ang bakuna at natututo na rin tayong mabuhay bagaman nandiyan po ang COVID-19 [The vaccine will be out soon and we have learned to live even with COVID-19],” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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