Labor Force

Description of LFS

Employment Situation in January 2019

In January 2019, the total population 15 years old and over was estimated at 72.5 million wherein the number of persons who were in the labor force was reported at 43.7 million. This placed the labor force participation rate (LFPR) at 60.2 percent, which means that six in ten of the population aged 15 years and over were either employed or unemployed.

SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII) had the highest reported LFPR with 63.3 percent while the lowest LFPR reported was in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) at 47.7 percent (Table 1 and Figure 1).

Total Number of OFWs Estimated at 2.3 Million (Results from the 2018 Survey on Overseas Filipinos)

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2018 was estimated at 2.3 million. Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) with existing work contract comprised 96.2 percent of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2018. The rest (3.8%) worked overseas without contract.

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