Adult unemployment at 12.5 percent in Q2: SWS

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2018 11:01 PM

MANILA – Adult unemployment for the second quarter of 2018 was at 12.5 percent, based on the employment definition of the Labor Force Survey (LFS), the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said Monday.

Twelve percent or about 4.8 million are not working, looking for work, and available for work while 0.4 percent or about 179,000 adults are not working and are available for work but not looking for work, according to the poll conducted on June 27 to June 30, 2018 among 1,200 respondents. 

Respondents cited fatigue, work availability, waiting for job application result, temporary illness or disability, bad weather, and rehire calls as reasons for their unemployment, the survey showed.

The Labor Force Survey’s (LFS) definition of employed include those, who during the week before the interview date, are 15 years old, SWS said. 

Meanwhile, SWS defined adult as the population in the labor force that are at least 18 years old, in its Sept. 12 joblessness survey. 

About 19.7 percent or 8.6 million were jobless, according to the second quarter 2018 SWS Adult Joblessness poll

Respondents also showed a "very high" net optimism on job availability, the survey showed.

Despite the optimism on job availability based on the recent SWS poll, some Filipinos consider themselves underemployed, wishing they could work more hours to earn more. 

The PSA reported that underemployment rose to 17.2 percent in July from 16.3 percent during the same month last year.