SWS third quarter polls reveal 9.8M Filipinos are jobless

Marje Pelayo   •   November 12, 2018   •   2595

MANILA, Philippines – The number of jobless Filipinos soared by 22% in the third quarter of the year, based on the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The figure is higher by 2.3 points in comparison with the results of the survey in June.

The results revealed that 9.2% or 4.1M were retrenched due to recession or cost cutting by companies; 8.4% or 3.7M voluntarily left their old jobs; while 2M were first-time job seekers.

The rate is higher in Metro Manila with 26.4% followed by Balance Luzon with 22.9%, Mindanao with 19.7% and Visayas with 19.6%.

Meanwhile, the number of Filipinos who believe there will be more job opportunities in the Philippines in the next 12 months dropped, according to the survey.

Malacañang, meanwhile, seriously considers the results of the survey while it “continuously finding ways to improve the local employment situation.”

Likewise, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government is confident that this concern will be immediately addressed.

“We are likewise developing our human resources, and with the designation of Mr. Isidro Lapena as Director-General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) we are confident that he can contribute in our employment targets by improving industry-relevant competencies of our youth, especially unutilized, unemployed, and underemployed school dropouts, and increase their opportunities for work experience through skills training,” Panelo said in a statement Sunday (November 11). – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

66% of Filipinos willing to get COVID-19 vaccine — SWS

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed that around 66% of adult Filipinos are willing to get the vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) if it is available now.

According to the survey, 32% of the said number agreed they would definitely get the vaccine.

Meanwhile, 34% said they would probably get the vaccine and the remaining 31% said they are unwilling to get it.

The survey conducted among 1,249 adult Filipinos was held from September 17 to 20 using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews.

Mindanao recorded the highest number of Filipinos willing to get the vaccine at 73%, followed by Visayas at 69%, Metro Manila at 64%, and Luzon at 61%.

However, unwillingness to get the Covid-19 vaccine is slightly higher in Metro Manila and Luzon at 34% each than in the Visayas and Mindanao at 29% and 25% respectively.

Adult joblessness drops to 39.5%, marking 6-point decline, SWS survey shows

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2020

Adult joblessness in the country drops to 39.5% this September, according to the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

With its 6-point decline from the record-high of 45.5% last July, adult joblessness, however, still remains high with an estimated 23.7 million jobless adults in September.

Based on the survey, adults who are jobless consist of those who voluntarily left their old jobs, are seeking jobs for the first time, or lost their jobs due to economic circumstances beyond their control. It also showed that two out of five adults lost their livelihood or jobs due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Nevertheless, the proportion of those who lost their job or livelihood during the pandemic declined from 21% in July 2020 to 14% in September 2020.

The SWS September 17-20, 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews to 1,249 adult Filipinos, ages 18 years old and above nationwide. -AAC

2 in 5 Filipinos expect PH economy to worsen in next 12 months – SWS

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Two out of five Filipinos, or 40% believe that the country’s economy will worsen in the next 12 months, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The research group noted that the 40%, who were considered as ‘economic pessimists’, was the highest record in over 12 years since June 2008 at 52%.

Meanwhile, the 30%, who were seen as ‘economic optimists,’ was the lowest in five years since the 27% recorded in March 2015.

According to the SWS, the country’s net economic optimism or the expectation about the general economy declined to –9 which the agency considered as ‘mediocre’ from the ‘very high’ +38 in December 2019 and the lowest since the ‘low’ –19 in February 2009.

The survey was conducted from July 3 to 6 using mobile phones among 1,555 Filipinos aged 18 years old and above.

The survey asked the question: “Sa darating na 12 buwan, ano sa palagay ninyo ang mangyayari sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas?  Masasabi ba ninyo na ito ay bubuti, kapareho lang, o sasama? [Over the next 12 months, what do you think will happen to the economy of the Philippines?  Would you say it WILL BE BETTER, SAME, or WILL BE WORSE?]

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