Comment on 10 million Filipinos losing jobs in third quarter of 2019

By Jose Maria Sison
November23, 2019

The Philippine labor force is 44 million. If 10 million lost their jobs, that is a whopping 23 per cent of the labor force added to the ranks of the unemployed.

But the NEDA will continue to claim a mere 4 to 5 per cent unemployment rate and the SWS itself will continue to claim a high popularity (trust and satisfaction) rating for Duterte.

More unemployment, more poverty, more sale of sovereign rights to China, more extrajudicial killings, more corruption and more absences will make Duterte ever more popular and loveable to the millions of his victims.

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SWS survey: 10M Filipinos jobless in Q3 2019
By: Katrina Hallare – Reporter / @KHallareINQ
INQUIRER.net / 01:09 PM November 23, 2019
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MANILA, Philippines — An estimated 10 million Filipinos find themselves jobless in the third quarter of 2019, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey released Saturday.

The latest survey, conducted from Sept. 27-30, revealed that it found the unemployment rate among Filipinos at 21.5 percent, an increase from 20. 7 percent last June and 19.7 percent in March.

Out of the 21.5 percent, 9.5 percent (or 4.4 million) said they voluntarily left their job, 3.5 percent (or 1.6 million) are first-time job seekers.

Other respondents said they became unemployed after their contracts ended and were no longer renewed (5.8 percent), the operations of their previous employers closed (1.3 percent), and were laid off (1.3 percent).

The pollster said that adult joblessness rose in Balance Luzon (25 percent), Mindanao (19.9 percent) and Metro Manila (24.5 percent).

As for the Visayas, the percentage for unemployment fell at 11.8 percent, compared to 18.1 percent recorded last June.

The survey also found that the joblessness rate was significantly higher among women, at 31.4 percent, rather than among men, rating at 14.6 percent.

Because of this, the SWS said, the joblessness rate gender gap rose to 16.8 percent in September, compared to 14.2 percent last June.

The survey, which used face-to-face interview of 1,800 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide, had a sampling margin of error at ±2.3 percent for national percentages, ±4 percent each for Balance Luzon and Mindanao, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila and the Visayas.

The respondents were asked also the following questions for their survey:

Do you have a job at present, not have a job at present but used to have a job, or never had a job?
Are you looking for a job or planning to establish a business or not? YES or NO
Which of the following applies to you (SHOWCARD: Never had a job before, Was laid off from former job, Previous contract was finished and not followed with a new contract, Previous employer closed operation, or Voluntarily left old job?
Do you think there will be more jobs, no change in available jobs, or fewer jobs?

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