Labor and Employment

Employment Situation in July 2016 (Final Results)

The population 15 years old and over in July 2016 was estimated at 68.4 million wherein about 43.3 million persons were reported in the labor force, that is, either employed or unemployed (Table 1 and Table 2). These figures placed the labor force participation rate (LFPR) at 63.2 percent. Among the regions, Northern Mindanao registered the highest LFPR at 66.8 percent, while Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) registered the lowest LFPR at 53.7 percent (Figure 1).

Employment rate in January 2017 is estimated at 93.4 percent

The employment rate in January 2017 was estimated at 93.4 percent. Four regions, namely, Ilocos Region (91.3%), National Capital Region (NCR) (91.5%), Caraga (91.5%), and CALABARZON (91.8%) had the lowest employment rates (Table 4). The labor force participation rate (LFPR) in January 2017 was estimated at 60.7 percent given the labor force population of 69.4 million. The labor force population consists of the employed and the unemployed 15 years old and over.

2016 Annual Labor and Employment Status

The preliminary results of the Annual Labor and Employment Estimates for 2016 based on the average of the four (4) LFS rounds (January, April, July and October) reported an annual labor force participation rate of 63.4 percent out of the 68.1 million population 15 years old and over. This is equivalent to about 43.2 million economically active population comprising either the employed or unemployed persons. The annual employment rate was reported at 94.5 percent and the annual unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. The annual underemployment rate was estimated at 18.3 percent (Table 4).


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