Two Mindanao regions post high employment rate in July PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 September 2011 17:32

Two Mindanao regions have registered high employment rate in July this year, the National Statistics Office (NSO) said.
The NSO said that the number of employed persons in the country in July this year was estimated at 37.1 million based on its Labor Force Survey (LFS) for the period. This translates to an employment rate of 92.9 percent, the NSO data said.

The two Mindanao regions with high employment rate in July this year are Zamboanga Peninsula and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), with 96.7 percent and 96.3 percent, respectively.

Zamboanga Peninsula and ARMM rank second and third, respectively, in terms of employment rate in the entire country with Cagayan Valley occupying the top spot with an employment rate of 97.6 percent.

Fourth placer in terms of employment rate is MIMAROPA with 96.2 percent.

The National Capital Region (NCR) had the lowest employment rate at 89.1 percent, the NSO data showed.

The July 2011 LFS also showed that the number of persons in the labor force, or those who were either employed or unemployed, was about 39.9 million out of the about 62 million population aged 15 years old and above.

Correspondingly, the NSO said these numbers translate to a labor force participation rate (LFPR) of 64.3 percent, compared to last year’s figure of 63.9 percent.
The LFPR was highest in MIMAROPA at 69.8 percent, and lowest in ARMM at 54.1 percent.

Of the about 37.1 million employed in July, those in the services sector comprised the largest proportion, accounting for more than half (52.2 percent) of the total employed population.

Around one-third (32.6 percent) were in the agriculture sector and the rest (15.2 percent) in the industry sector.

Among the various occupation groups, laborers and unskilled workers comprised the largest group, making up 32.6 percent of the total employment figure.

This was also the largest occupation group in July 2010 (31.8 percent).

Farmers, forestry workers and fishermen were the second largest group of workers accounting for 15.2 percent of the total employed.

Employed persons were classified as either full-time workers or part-time workers. — TPG