Philippines - Unemployment





Philippines: Unemployment

Mnemonic LBU.IPHL
Unit # Ths., NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 25.73 %
Data 2021 Q3 3,073
2021 Q2 4,137

Series Information

Source Philippine Statistics Authority
Release Labor Force
Frequency Monthly
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

For the Philippines, 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.

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.

Active:

  • Classifications:
    • Industry: PSIC 1994
    • Occupation: PSOC 2012
  • Measurements:
    • Thousands of persons (Ths. #)
    • Percent (%)
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start dates:
    • 2020m7
    • 2021m1

Predecessors:

  • Quarterly - 1956 to 2021
  • Quarterly composition by industry under PSIC 1994 - 2000 to 2012
  • Quarterly composition by occupation under PSOC 1992 - 2000 to 2016
  • Quarterly - 1995 to 2009
Year  Reference period   Population coverage   Unemployment definition 
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 changed from PSOC 1992 to PSOC 2012.

The quarterly rounds for this release are computed as:

  • 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 four rounds.

Revisions are made periodically.