SWS: Adult joblessness drops to 17.5%

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020   •   752

Adult joblessness in the Philippines has dropped to 17.5 percent in December 2019, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The Fourth Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey was done from December 13-16, 2019. Based on the SWS report, this is four points lower compared to the 21.5 percent in September 2019.

“The estimated numbers of jobless adults were 7.9 million in December and 10 million in September,” according to the report.

“The estimated 7.9 million jobless adults in December 2019 consisted of 3.7 million who voluntarily left their old job, 1.6 million first-time job seekers, 1.7 million whose contract ended and was not renewed, 613,000 who got laid off, and 399,000 whose employer closed operations,” the report further reads.

The report also showed that joblessness in Metro Manila dropped to 15% in December 2019 from 24.5 percent in September 2019. However, joblessness in Visayas and Mindanao rose to 15.7 percent and 20.7 percent , respectively, in December.

SWS defines the labor force as adults ages 18 years and above who are presently working plus those looking for a job. Meanwhile, Adults who are jobless consists of those who (a) voluntarily left their old jobs, (b) are seeking jobs for the first time, or (c) lost their jobs due to economic circumstances beyond their control, termed by SWS as the retrenched.—AAC

Palace welcomes Duterte’s latest satisfaction rating

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday welcomed the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing President Rodrigo Dutertet’s net satisfaction rating of 62 percent.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s latest rating remains way ahead of his predecessors during the same period.

“We consider this high satisfaction rating unprecedented as comparable data from previous presidents indicate this is the highest net satisfaction rating of the beginning of a Chief Executive’s final year in office,” he said.

Roque noted that the late former President Benigno Aquino III scored 30 percent satisfaction rating a year before he finished his term in June 2015, while President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had -31 percent a year before she stepped down in June 2009.

He also said that President Fidel Ramos got 49 percent while President Corazon Aquino’s rating only reached 24 percent in April 1991.

“Rest assured that President Duterte will continue to exercise decisive and compassionate leadership until the remainder of his term to serve and protect the interest and welfare of all Filipinos,” Roque said.

According to the SWS, Duterte’s satisfaction rating was the highest in November 2020 with 79 percent but dipped to 65 percent in May 2021 and then to 62 percent in June 2021 amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dips to 62% based on recent SWS survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The recent net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte dropped to +62, based on the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Results of the June 2021 survey showed that the president’s rating dropped to +62, which is a 17-point drop from a peak of +79 in the November 2020 survey.

In the May 2021 poll, Duterte got a net satisfaction rate of +65. The SWS released the three results on Thursday (September 23).

The June 2021 survey showed that 75% of the respondents said they were“very/somewhat satisfied” with the president’s performance, 13% indicated that they were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, while 12% are undecided.

In the May 2021 survey, meanwhile, Duterte received a net satisfaction rate of +65, where 75% of the respondents were “very/somewhat satisfied”, 10% were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, and 15% were undecided on the matter.

The president got a high rating in November 2020 with +79 rating,  51% of the respondents said they were “very satisfied,” 33% were “somewhat satisfied,” while 9% were “undecided,” 4% were “somewhat dissatisfied,” and 2% were “very dissatisfied.”

Despite the dip in rating, SWS fellow Geoffrey Ducanes said respondents in the recent survey were satisfied with the government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Most people don’t think the government mismanaged the pandemic. They actually gave the government relatively high rating in terms of taking care of those who got COVID-19 and also relatively high rating in terms of vaccination,” he said.

Meanwhile, the delay in the results release, according to Ducanes was due to the COVID-19 pandemic where the agency had to conduct phone interviews. AAC (with reports from Lucille Lloren) 

 

48% Filipino families feel poor — SWS June 2021 survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The June 2021 national Social Weather Survey found that 48% of Filipino families rate themselves as Poor.

The result of the SWS survey further showed that 23% rate themselves as Not Poor, and 29% placed themselves on the borderline dividing the two categories, SWS classified them as Borderline Poor.

In May 2021, the SWS reported 49% of Filipino families rated themselves as poor 17% felt not poor, and 33% felt borderline poor.

In Metro Manila, the Self-Rated Poor, Borderline-Poor, and Not Poor are 43%, 19%, and 38%, respectively.

In Luzon outside Metro Manila, the respondents rated themselves as Poor (38%), Borderline Poor (28%), and Not Poor (34%).

In the Visayas, the Self-Rated Poor, Borderline Poor, and Not Poor are 70%, 24%, and 7% of families, respectively.

In Mindanao, more than half (51%) made a self-rate as Poor, 42% saw themselves as Borderline Poor, and 7% as Not Poor.

The Second Quarter 2021 Social Weather Survey was conducted from June 23 to 26, 2021, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults, ages 18 years old and above, nationwide. AAC

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