Philippines - Total Employment

Philippines: Total Employment

Mnemonic ETOT.IPHL
Unit # Ths., NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 3.7 %
Data 2021 Q3 41,667
2021 Q2 43,269

Series Information

Source Philippine Statistics Authority
Release Labor Force
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 6/30/1956
End Date 9/30/2021

Philippines: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Labor Force Employment 2021 Q3 41,667 43,269 # Ths., NSA Quarterly
Total Employment 2021 Q3 41,667 43,269 # Ths., NSA Quarterly
Unemployment 2021 Q3 3,073 4,137 # Ths., NSA Quarterly
Unemployment Rate 2021 Q3 6.87 8.73 %, NSA Quarterly
Real Wages & Salaries 2019 Q4 3,122,281 2,822,810 2000 price Mil. PHP, NSA Quarterly
Agriculture Employment 2017 11,589,853 11,807,387 # Annual

Release Information

The Labor Force Survey covers a range of labor market statistics, including: particpation rate, employment, unemployment and underremployment rate by region; employment status; employed persons, unemployment persons. Quarterly from 1996.

Labor Statistics are used to describe and analyze the size and structure of labor markets and how these change over time. It includes statistics on the situation of participants and non-participants in the world of work and the results of their participation, both as workers and as producers and employers.

The quarterly rounds for this release are computed as follow:

Q1 - November, December, January

Q2 - February, March, April

Q3 - May, June, July

Q4 - August, September, October

The annual values are calculated as the average of the 4 rounds.

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Year  Reference
March 1971 - August 1976 Past Week 10 years old and over Include those who were reported as wanting and looking for full-time work
First Qtr 1976 - First qtr 1987 Past Quarter             15 years old and over Include those wanting and looking for work      
July 1987 - October 1996
January 1997 - January 2005                               
Past Week 15 years old and over Based on 2 criteria
1. Without work
2. Seeking work
April 2005 - Present Past Week 15 years old and over Based on 3 criteria:
1. Without work
2. Currently available for work
3. Seeking work


Starting April 2005, the new unemployment definition was adopted per NSCB Resolution no. 15 dated October 20, 2004. As indicated in the said resolution, the unemployed include all persons who are 15 years old and over as of their last birthday and are reported as: (1) without work and currently available for work and seeking work; OR (2) without work and currently available for work but not seeking work for the following reasons:

1.)  Tired/believed no work available

2.)  Awaiting results of previous job application

3.)  Temporary illness/disability

4.)  Bad Weather

5.)  Waiting for rehire/job recall

Starting June 2016 the Employment by Occupation series have adopted a PSOC 2012 calculation method. Prior was PSOC 1992.

Revisions are made periodically