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Rappler's latest stories on underemployment


[ANALYSIS] 2020s: Can we sustain the stellar growth of the 2010s?

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:14 AM

There’s a lot to be thankful for in the 2010s when more Filipinos became more prosperous and healthy, so much so that the 2010s might be considered our economy’s true 'golden age.'

[ANALYSIS] Making sense of the surprisingly good jobs, poverty stats

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.

Unemployment, underemployment dip to 14-year low in October 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Unemployment in October 2019 falls to 4.5% or some 2.05 million people, the lowest since 2005

Unemployment inches up in October 2018

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:35 PM

While unemployment slightly rises in October 2018, underemployment or the number of people looking for additional jobs goes down

A worker carries a bale of collected recyclable materials at a junk shop near the former dumpsite and landfill named "Smokey Mountain" in Manila on June 26, 2016. Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pledged on May 26 to spread economic activity beyond the overpopulated capital of Manila, calling it a "dead" city overrun by shantytowns. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Unemployment down, underemployment up in April 2018

Jun 05, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Nearly 7 million Filipinos who already have jobs are looking for more work, says the Philippine Statistics Authority, citing the results of the April 2018 Labor Force Survey

Philippines misses most of 2017 labor targets

May 21, 2018 - 7:56 PM

While the current unemployment rate has improved compared to previous decades, this is still behind the 5.1-5.4% target set in 2017

PH missed most of 2017 labor targetsQC Job Fair on Labor Day 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH underemployment rate drops to lowest in 10 years

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Underemployment refers to workers wanting to spend more hours at work to earn more

LABOR DAY. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Has 'overwork' taken on epidemic proportions in the country?

Mar 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What s the real score with overworked Filipinos? We re taking a closer look

How did the PH economy perform in 2016?

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Too many game changing events happened in 2016

NEDA: 1.4 million less poor Filipinos in 2015 than in 2009

Oct 27, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The Philippines poverty incidence for 2015 declines to 21 6 compared with 26 3 in 2009

Employment rate highest since July 2011 – NEDA

Sep 09, 2016 - 2:34 PM

The Labor Force Survey for July 2016 also shows unemployment at 5 4 the lowest since 2005

‘Filipinos are working hard but remain poor’ – World Bank

Jun 17, 2016 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED The jobs available are not meeting the aspirations of Filipino youth entering the labor market says World Bank lead economist Jan Rutkowski

BETTER SKILLS, BETTER JOBS. A Philippine Airlines plane flies over a Filipino laborer at a construction site in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines on June 17. According to the World Bank'd latest study, higher investments in skills and education, and flexible labor rules can help reduce poverty among workers in the Philippines. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

PH unemployment rate declines in April

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:20 PM

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority the unemployment rate in April declines to 6 1 from 6 4 year on year

MORE EMPLOYED. The number of unemployed Filipinos went down to 6.1% in April 2016, PSA says. File photo by Roy Lagarde / Rappler

NEDA: More Filipinos employed in Jan 2016

Mar 12, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Labor groups say more jobs are being generated for the 2016 elections but they expect unemployment to rise again after the polls

MORE JOBS. Government data show that employment among Filipinos improved in January 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Marcos years marked 'golden age' of PH economy? Look at the data

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The notion of a golden age of the Philippine economy under the Marcos regime especially during its latter years is a big fat lie

Gov't can absorb the largest sector of unemployed – Recto

Jan 16, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Of the 1 5 million total permanent job positions in the national government only about 1 3 million will be occupied this year leading to a vacancy of over 200 000 positions

FILL JOB OPENINGS. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, during a hearing on the proposal to reorganize DOTC by creating a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/PRIB

Fewer unemployed Filipinos in 2015

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:28 PM

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority there were about 2 6 million jobless Filipinos in 2015 a bit lower than last year

MORE EMPLOYED. The number of unemployed Filipinos went down to 6.5% in 2015, PSA says. File photo by Roy Lagarde / Rappler

PH unemployment rate drops to record low 5.7%

Dec 10, 2015 - 6:21 PM

The latest Labor Force Survey shows the number of unemployed Filipinos decreased from 2 482 million in 2014 to 2 345 million this year

MORE JOBS. There is a lesser number of unemployed Filipinos in October 2015, says the latest Labor Force Survey. File photo by AFP

Unemployment rate down to 6.5% in July

Sep 09, 2015 - 4:24 PM

For the rest of 2015 the country is on a par in terms of achieving the Philippine Development Plan target of 6 6 6 8 for unemployment says NEDA

ON TARGET. For the rest of 2015, the country is on a par in terms of achieving the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) target of 6.6%-6.8% for unemployment. File photo from Agence France-Presse

PH unemployment rate eases to 6.4% in April

Jun 09, 2015 - 5:05 PM

NEDA reports that 495 000 more Filipinos gained employment during the period reducing the total number of unemployed Filipinos to 2 7 million

epa04187359 Filipino jobseekers fill-up application forms during a job fair inside SMX convention center during Labor Day in Manila, Philippines, 01 May 2014. The Philippines' Department of Labor and Employment co-sponsored job fairs nationwide to mark Labor Day, in efforts to facilitate work opportunities for fresh graduates and other jobseekers. Labour Day, also known as International Workers' Day or May Day, is observed worldwide on 01 May. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

The Ivatan boy who wants to be a carpenter

Apr 03, 2015 - 10:54 AM

17 year old Christian Enciso wants to learn carpentry in Batanes where carpenters are few so he can work in Manila and send his siblings to school

WHERE ARE THE CARPENTERS? Batanes has few carpenters, and fewer young people are interested in learning it. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Batanes is 1st province with no out-of-school youth

Apr 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Hundreds of high school graduates used to be idle in Batanes Now all of them are learning functional skills so they can earn for their families

NEW SKILLS. Former out-of-school youth in the island municipality of Sabtang, Batanes are learning food processing and other entrepreneurial skills. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Employed Filipinos up by 1 million in January – NEDA

Mar 12, 2015 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED Except Region 8 which suffered from Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan all regions show a decline in unemployment the National Economic and Development Authority reports

More formal sector jobs boost labor rights – DOLE

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:53 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz also acknowledges the need to protect the self employed and unpaid family workers who comprise the 39 of the country s employed

Philippine jobless rate falls to 6.7% in July

Sep 10, 2014 - 1:24 PM

The government says more Filipinos found jobs in the services and industry sectors

Unemployment rate drops to 7% in April

Jun 10, 2014 - 3:40 PM

Employed Filipinos rise to 38 7M in April as all sectors registered employment gains during the month

MORE EMPLOYED. The number of employed Filipinos increased by 4.5% in April this year, NEDA said. File photo by Roy Lagarde / Rappler

PH unemployment rate drops

Dec 10, 2013 - 6:03 PM

NEDA says the decline was due to robust hiring in the industry and services sectors

MORE JOBS. A sea of applicants submit their resumes in the hopes of getting hired. Photo by AFP

3 groups need to work to address jobs issue — World Bank

Sep 15, 2013 - 11:31 AM

World Bank cites the Philippines stellar economic growth and political stability as reasons for pushing reforms needed to create jobs

BETTER JOBS. A sea of applicants submit their resumes in the hopes of getting hired. Photo by AFP

Jobless growth? It will take time, says NEDA chief

Sep 10, 2013 - 7:45 PM

Lack of jobs will not drop sharply and immediately amid high economic growth the socioeconomic chief says

BETTER JOBS. A sea of applicants submit their resumes in the hopes of getting hired. Photo by AFP

PH unemployment rises to 7.3% in July

Sep 10, 2013 - 10:03 AM

Over 3 million Filipinos are looking for jobs in July according to the latest Labor Force Survey data a key indicator of how the impressive topline economic growth numbers are trickling down

BETTER JOBS. A sea of applicants submit their resumes in the hopes of getting hired. Photo by AFP

Unemployment, a drag to inclusive growth

May 27, 2013 - 9:46 AM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M Balisacan says lack of jobs and high poverty incidence remain the big challenges for a sustained and inclusive growth

EMPLOYMENT NEEDS WORK. Good employment numbers are not improving poverty incidence in the country. Photo by AFP.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Filipino worker

May 05, 2013 - 4:32 PM

Aquino gov't falls short of jobs, spending targets

Jan 07, 2013 - 8:11 PM

The Aquino administration fails to meet its employment generation target of a million per year while its public spending ratio goes down

JOBS NEEDED. While the Philippine economy enjoyed highs in 2012, millions of Filipinos are in search of decent jobs. Photo by AFP.

2012: The 'best' year for PH economy

Jan 01, 2013 - 7:00 PM

2012 was a banner year for the Philippine economy the best year for the country in a long time says President Aquino

Underemployment hits 6-year high at 22.7% in July

Sep 18, 2012 - 12:22 PM

Philippine underemployment rate worsens to 6 year high of 22 7 in July largely due to weather disturbances

Philippine unemployment drops to 7%

Mar 04, 2012 - 10:05 AM

The Philippines unemployment rate eased to 7 in 2011 from 7 3 in 2010 heralding positive news for the economy in 2012