Employment Situation in January 2020

In January 2020, the working age population (15 years old and over) was estimated at 72.8 million. Among these, 61.7 percent were in the labor force. This translates to approximately 44.9 million Filipinos in the labor force; that is, either employed or unemployed (Table 1, and Table 3). At the regional level, Region X (Northern Mindanao) had the highest reported labor force participation rate (LFPR) estimated at 70.0 percent while Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) had the lowest LFPR at 50.8 percent (Table 1, and Figure 1).

TABLE 4 Total Population 15 Years Old and Over and Rates of Labor Force Participation, Employment

The revised estimates for January 2019 key employment indicators using the 2015 POPCEN-based population projection for population 15 years old and over (71.9 million) and those in the labor force (43.3 million), employed (41.0 million), unemployed (2.3 million) and population 15 years old and over who were not in the labor force (28.6 million) were lower than the estimates computed using the 2010 CPH-based population projection (as shown in the table).


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