11 M Filipinos didn’t have a job during the 1st quarter of 2016 — SWS

  • There were 11 million Filipinos who didn’t have a job during the first quarter of 2016
  • The number is higher than what was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015
  • Only 9.1 million adults were unemployed during the last quarter of 2016

There were 11 million Filipinos who didn’t have a job during the first quarter of 2016, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll revealed.

In an article written by DVM of GMA News, it was disclosed that the number of unemployed during the first quarter of 2016 is about two million higher than what was recorded during the last quarter of 2015.

It was revealed that the first quarter poll pegged the joblessness rate at 23.9 percent, compared to 2015’s fourth quarter rate of 21.4 percent. To note, such joblessness rate is the highest since 2014’s fourth quarter rate of 27 percent.

Almost 6 M voluntarily left job

According to the SWS, among those who were jobless in the first quarter, some 5.9 million adults, voluntarily left their jobs.

On the other hand, some 3.3 million people involuntarily lost their jobs; 5.6 percent of which did not have their contracts renewed, one percent were laid off, and 0.6 percent had employers closed shop.

Meanwhile, some 1.8 million of those who were unemployed were first-time job seekers.

The SWS survey

The SWS first quarter jobs poll was taken from March 30 to April 2 using face-to-face interviews. It involves 1,500 adult respondents nationwide.To further define joblessness, SWS said those who fall under this category are individuals 18 years old and above without a job and also looking for a job.

The SWS survey has involved some 1,500 adult respondents nationwide.

To further define joblessness, the SWS said those who fall under this category are individuals who are 18 years old and above, without a job and also looking for a job. To clarify, those jobless who are not looking for work, such as housewives and retired individuals are excluded.

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