SWS: Adult joblessness drops to 17.5%

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020   •   583

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

62% adult Filipinos say quality of life got worse in the past 12 months

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that 62% of adult Filipinos believe their quality of life got worse off in the past 12 months.

The survey conducted from November 21 to 25 revealed that 24% of Filipinos said their lives remain unchanged while 14% believed it got better.

It is lower compared to the September 2020 poll results where 82% of adult Filipinos said their quality of life worsened, 11% said it stayed the same, and 6% said it got better.

The SWS poll was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,800 respondents, aged 18 and above in balance Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila.

The exact survey question is as follows: Kung ikukumpara ang uri ng inyong kasalukuyang pamumuhay sa nakaraang 12 buwan, masasabi ba ninyo na ang uri ng inyong pamumuhay ay ‘Mas mabuti kaysa noon’, ‘Kapareho ng dati’, o ‘Mas masama kaysa noon’? [comparing your quality of life these days to how it was 12 months ago, would you say that ‘Your quality of life is better now than before’, ‘Same as before’, or ‘Worse now than before’?] AAC

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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