Sixty three percent of the population 15 years old and over are in the labor force
Employment rate reaches 93.9 percent in April 2016
Employed males are more than employed females
More than fifty percent of employed persons are in the services sector
Workers in elementary occupations make up more than 26 percent of the total employed persons
More than 60 percent of the employed persons are wage and salary workers
Six in every ten of employed persons are full time workers
Underemployment rate is registered at 18.3 percent
Unemployment rate is recorded at 6.1 percent
Seventy percent of persons not in the labor force are women
- The labor force population in April 2016 was estimated at 43.3 million. This translates to a labor force participation rate (LFPR) of 63.5 percent.
- Total employed persons in April 2016 were approximately 40.7 million, resulting to a national employment rate of 93.9 percent.
- More than half (56.3%) of the total employed persons were in the services sector, 25.5 percent were in the agriculture sector, and 18.2 percent were in the industry sector.
- Workers in elementary occupations comprised the largest share of employed persons at 26.5 percent of the 40.7 million total employed.
- Total unemployed persons were accounted at 2.6 million which translates to an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.
- Underemployment rate was recorded at 18.3 percent in April 2016.
- Persons not in the labor force were accounted at 24.9 million of which 70.2 percent were women.
The Labor Force Survey (LFS) is a nationwide quarterly survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) during the months of January, April, July, and October. For this release, the data being presented are based on the final results of the April 2016 round of the LFS.
The reference period used in the survey is the past seven (7) days preceding the date of interview of the enumerator.
- Starting January 2012 LFS, the codes for industry adopted the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC). Prior to this, codes for industry used the 1994 PSIC.
- Question on vocational course was introduced in the January 2012 Labor Force Survey (LFS) questionnaire.
- Starting April 2016 round, the LFS adopted the 2013 Master Sample Design, with a sample size of approximately 44,000 households.
- The 2012 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC) was adopted starting April 2016. The 1992 PSOC had been used prior to April 2016
- Starting with the April 2016 LFS round, the population projections based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (2010 CPH) was adopted to generate the labor force statistics.
- Overseas Filipino Workers are not considered part of the labor force in the Philippines. Hence, in the LFS, data on economic characteristics of household members who are overseas workers are not collected. For the LFS reports, they are excluded in the estimation of the size of working population, that is, population aged 15 years and older, and in the estimation of the labor force.