Labor Force

Description of LFS

2011 Annual Labor and Employment Status (Comparative Annual Estimates for 2010 and 2011)

In 2011, out of the 61.9 million population 15 years old and over, about 40.0 million were in the labor force or economically active. This figure translates to an annual labor force participation rate (LFPR) of 64.6 percent. In 2010, the LFPR was 64.1 percent. Among regions, MIMAROPA and Northern Mindanao registered the highest annual LFPR both at 70.0 percent, while ARMM posted the lowest at 55.6 percent (Table 1).

Employed Women

The estimated number of employed persons based on the October 2008 Labor Force Survey is 34.5 million. Of
this number, 38.4 percent are women (13.3 million). This translates to an employment rate of 93.5 percent for women, higher than the employment rate of 93.0 percent for men. Two regions register a high employment rate among women, with 97 for every 100 of the regions’ labor force reported as employed in October 2008. These are Cagayan Valley (96.8%) and Zamboanga Peninsula (96.6%). Only NCR registers an employment rate lower than 90 percent (88.3%).

Underemployed Women

Underemployed persons are employed persons who express the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or an additional job, or have a new job with longer working hours. They were estimated at 6.0 million in October 2008. Of this number, 28.1 percent are women (1.7 million). This translates to an underemployment rate (the proportion of underemployed women to total employed women) of 12.8 percent for women. Underemployment rate among men is reported at 20.4 percent.

Integrated Survey of Households Bulletin


Deals with Philippine labor force and its socioeconomic characteristics primarily based on Labor Force Surveys conducted every quarter by the NSO. Data are published on national and regional levels. Also includes previous ISH results for comparative purposes.

Aims to provide users with additional insights on the size, structure, composition, and implications of the growing work force to the country's economy.


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