ZamPen tops in latest employment rate survey PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 June 2011 16:07

The latest Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO), show that Region 9 or Zamboanga Peninsula registered the highest employment rate among the country’s 16 regions in April 2011.

The regions that posted high employment rates in April 2011 were Zamboanga Peninsula with 96.8 percent, followed by Cagayan Valley at 96.7 percent, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), 96.3 percent, MIMAROPA, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and SOCCSKSARGEN, posting a rate of 96.0 percent each. While the National Capital Region (NCR) registered the lowest employment rate of 88.4 percent, the survey revealed.

Of the estimated 61.8 million population, approximately 39.7 million were in the labor force, placing the labor force participation rate (LFPR) at 64.2 percent. Among the regions, Northern Mindanao recorded the highest LFPR at 70.6 percent while ARMM posted the lowest at 55.7 percent.

The survey shows that the bulk of employed persons were in the services sector comprising more than half (51.7 percent) of the total employed population, specifically in the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and personal and household goods registering at 19.7 percent of the total employed persons.

The survey says workers in the agricultural sector accounted for the second largest industry group at 33.0 percent, while the industry sector registered the least share to total employed st 15.3 percent.

Among the various occupation groups, one-third or 32.7 percent of the total employed population were laborers and unskilled workers. Farmers, forestry workers and fishermen comprised the next largest group at 15.3 percent of the total employed, the survey further showed.

Meanwhile, a total of 2.9 million persons were unemployed in April 2011, placing the unemployment rate at 7.2 percent, lower from 8.0 percent recorded in April last year. There were more unemployed males (64.0 percent of total unemployed) than unemployed females (36.0 percent).

By age group, five out of 10 unemployed persons were in the age group 15-24 years old, while three of 10 unemployed persons were in the 25 to 34 year-old bracket. On educational groups, most of the unemployed were high school graduates (32.6 percent), college undergraduates comprised 23.1 percent, and college graduates, 20.4 percent of the total unemployed.