Phl unemployment rate declines at start of 4Q

Maris Federez   •   December 7, 2021   •   190

MANILA, Philippines — The number of unemployed Filipinos hit 3.5 million in October, lower than the recorded 3.81 million in the same month last year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Tuesday (December 7).

The PSA report said that based on the October 2021 Labor Force Survey, the country’s unemployment rate in October this year was the third-lowest reported in 2021 at 7.4 percent.

The lowest reported was in July 2021 estimated at 6.9 percent, followed by 7.1 percent in March 2021.

The country’s unemployment rate was highest this year in September at 8.9 percent, the PSA report added.

Meanwhile, the study also showed that the country’s employment rate has “improved with a reported 43.83 million employed persons in October 2021 from 39.84 million employed persons in the same period last year.”

In July 2021, the number of employed persons was registered at 41.67 million, the study added.

The underemployment rate, on the other hand, was registered at 16.1 percent in October 2021.

The PSA said this was lower than the 20.9 percent reported in July 2021 but higher than the October 2020 estimate of 14.4 percent.

Underemployed are those “employed persons who expressed desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or to have an additional job, or to have a new job with longer hours of work”. —/mbmf

PhilSys registers 50 million Filipinos; hits target for 2021

Maris Federez   •   December 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 50 million Filipinos have successfully registered in the second step of the national identification system.

In a statement released Tuesday (December 14), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that it has successfully achieved its registration target this year as 50,014,382 Filipinos completed their Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Step 2 Registration as of 11 December 2021.

The PSA said the Step 2 Registration, which involves validating supporting documents and collecting biometric information, began in January 2021 in 32 priority provinces that were considered low-risk areas for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Despite the pandemic, the PSA said that it was able to expand operations to more cities and municipalities nationwide.

“The PSA salutes all those who contributed to this milestone for the PhilSys Step 2 Registration,” said National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Usec. Dennis S. Mapa.

“Notwithstanding the pandemic and the restrictions that came with it, the PSA—together with its field offices, partner agencies, and key stakeholders—worked relentlessly to ensure that more Filipinos can begin registering for their PhilIDs,” he added.

Meanwhile, for Step 3 Registration, the PSA is continuously working to speed up the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the delivery of Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards to registrants.

The printing and issuance of the ID card are in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the card production, and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) for door-to-door delivery.

The PSA said that based on the December 10 record, 4,414,393 Filipinos have already received their PhilID cards.

These cards will soon have a digital version through the soon-to-be-launched PhilSys mobile app. Registrants can already use this alternative while waiting for their actual PhilIDs, the national statistics office said.

“We remain steadfast in our efforts to continue registering the general population. This coming 2022, the PSA hopes to establish partnerships with more government agencies and private groups to provide Filipinos, resident aliens, and even Overseas Filipinos the convenience of PhilSys registration,” said Assistant Secretary Bautista, Deputy National Statistician of the PhilSys Registry Office (PRO).

For the latest on PhilSys, the public may be reached through the official PhilSys website ( or Facebook page (, the PhilSys Registry Office via hotline number 1388 or e-mail at –/mbmf

PH unemployment rate rose to 8.9% in September — PSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—More Filipinos were out of work in September, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Based on the latest report of PSA, unemployment rate in September rose to 8.9 percent, which translates to about 4.5 million individuals. This is higher compared to 8.1 percent or 3.88 million Filipinos recorded last August.

The labor force participation rate (LFPR) in September slightly dropped to 63.3 percent from 63.6 percent in August 2021.

“The biggest contributor to unemployment in September was the agriculture and forestry sector. That’s why the unemployment rate rose,”said national statistician Claire Dennis Mapa in an online briefing.

Mapa said bad weather and the end of the harvest season led to the unemployment rate for September.

Meanwhile, underemployed rate was estimated at 14.2 percent this September 2021 accounting for 6.18 million underemployed persons out of 43.59 million employed persons. According to the PSA, it is the second lowest reported this year following the 12.3 percent underemployment rate in May 2021. The same underemployment rate of 14.2 percent was reported in June 2021.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua said better labor outcomes in October can be expected when the country sees the full impact of the implementation of granular lockdowns in NCR. 

“Overall, the economy has generated 1.1 million employment above the pre-pandemic level. This signals the Philippines’ continuing recovery. We look forward to the expansion of the alert level and granular lockdown system to the whole country to recover more jobs and livelihoods,” he said. AAC



PH’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9% in July — PSA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday (September 7) that the country’s unemployment rate was reduced to 6.9% in July 2021.

This means over 1.07 million individuals were hired during the said period based on PSA’s latest Labor Force Survey.

The report showed that the number of unemployed Filipinos reduced from 4.14 million in April 2021 to only 3.07 million in July.

Among the sectors that marked additional employment include administrative and support services, construction, education, arts, entertainment, and recreation as well as professional, scientific, and technical sectors.

“Talagang nakita lang na maraming nagkaroon ng trabaho kaya’t bumaba ang ating unemployment rate sa 6.9% nitong July. Compared sa 8.7% noong April and the past months, nasa 7.7% tayo so talagang marami naman ang nakahanap ng trabaho,” said PSA’s National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Undersecretary Dennis Mapa.

The PSA, meanwhile, reported that though the country’s employment rate increased to 93.1% from April to July this year, around 1.6 million Filipinos lost their jobs during the same period.

Among the sectors that cut jobs include the agriculture and forestry sectors, wholesale and retail trade as well as mining.

The PSA also said that around two million individuals opted not to join the current labor force, citing the pandemic and the difficulty in landing a job as reasons.

“Nakita namin na ang rason nila ay dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic. That is 5.9 percentage points at mayroong 1.1% na nagsabing mahirap makahanap ng trabaho kaya hindi na sila nag-participate,” Mapa said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)


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