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Philippines has lower jobless rate than US

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The Philippines enjoys a lower unemployment rate than the United States, which registered at 8.3 percent in January, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr.

He attributed this to the character of our economy, which is different from those of developed nations.

“In the Philippines, there are many jobs that ordinarily would not be thought of as work in developed countries,” Paderanga  explained in a statement.

“Our problem, however, is that many of the employed are working in the informal sector, where the income levels are really quite low. We would like to produce more work in the formal sector,” he added.

Results of the January Labor Force Survey (LFS) of the National Statistics Office (NSO) show that more than half or 52.7 percent (some 21.2 million) of those employed are working in the services sector.

The largest employed workforce in the services sector—representing 7.8 million or 19.3 percent of total employed—were in wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Workers in the agriculture sector numbered 13.1 million, representing 32.6 percent of those employed. The industry sector engaged 5.9 million workers or 17.4 percent of total.

Paderanga said earlier this month that the improved performance of the labor market in 2011 bolsters the optimism for a better economy this year.

He said that in 2011, a total of 1.156 million Filipinos joined the ranks of the employed, “largely on the strength of the continued growth in services and the recovery in agriculture, although there was a slowdown in the industry sector.”

The number of jobless Filipinos remained at about 2.9 million as of January, but the unemployment rate eased to 7.2 percent from 7.4 percent in the same month of 2011, the NSO said Thursday.

This is due to similar growth of the labor force—or the number of people 15 years and older who have jobs or are looking for jobs or additional work—and the number of those who are employed.


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Tags: Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr. , Economy , Employment , Jobs , Labor Force Survey , National Economic and Development Authority , National Statistics Office , Unemployment


  • pangitbudhiko

    Paderanga, where are you getting your statistics, In the states jobless people have food on the table. In the philippines, jobless pinoy don’t have food on the table

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EDHYGVZEP5YPXJQ676K3TEMLJE bulik

      korek ka dyan..doon maski wala trabaho me food stamps doon…me welfare me mga odd jobs panawid gu2om…homeless ka lang..d2 pag wala na lahat taong grasa kana!!!

      • Guest

        On the other note, I must say Philippine employers were discriminating applicants by basis of age and disability!! My older sister have polio and a radiologist graduate but was jobless for a while when she was there in Pinas. She’s here now in the U.S and shaking her money maker working in one of a prestigious medical hospital. Hindi sa minamaliit ko ang Pilipinas, dyan ako lumaki pero ibang klase ang  mga tao dyan manlait ng kapwa!! Yang mga employer dyan, ang taas ng standard pagdating sa qualification ng job applicant, yet ang ang baba naman magpasahod. Please learned how to practice “Equal Employment Opportunity” and if high ang standard to choose your prospective employees, ayba i-level nyo naman ang pasahod sa cost of living now ng Pilipinas. Cost of living dyan tumataas pero ang salary and wages dyan wala ako masabi.

    • http://twitter.com/sandpiper64 batang4

      they have food stamps. most jobless people here also get medical care. over there my brother needs to have his kidney tested for poisoning, and his liver, too, and he’s got hepa C, and the freakin’ gov’t don’t have no program for indigents, while the guy at the river is so focused on kickin the other side’s Chief Justice out, so he can put in his own Chief Justice. what shyt!

  • Ben_Benson

    The only thing which is correct in this statistic is, that it is wrong.  if this would be the truth and show the REAL situation, then Filipinos would not queue in line for a job in the USA.  And the USA would ban Filipino workers from entry.

  • tedrodriguez

     this is a lot of bull!!! you guys must be out of your mind

  • tedrodriguez

    I supported this administration, i like PNoy very much but this item is ludicrous, i feel nauseous upon reading this.

  • tedrodriguez

     did you take into consideration the exodus of unemployed filipinos to work overseas?

  • tedrodriguez

    this man Paderanga is giving our president a nasty black eye.  get him out fast,, puulleeeeasse!!!!

  • Guest

    This article made me chuckled. Seriously??? Just to make your survey straight, please include the “OFW” in your survey and thanked those developed countries from hiring them!!! If all pinoy have chance to work abroad esp. here in the U.S, they would say “Thank You Jesus”!!!

  • rightist

    Americans should start to TNT in the Philippines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/35GJDJ6AODL5HLMONR2MANJW6M reasonable56

    I think this is just a figment of our imagination as there a lot of underemployed Filipinos here in our country.

  • mangtom

    This is another case of statistics gone haywire. Paderanga can easily manipulate his figures to make them show what he wants to portray, although BS.

    If that is the case, you would see reverse flow of Filipino migration. Have you seen Pinoys coming back to the Philippines to take advantage of this rosy picture that Paderanga is trying to paint about the Philippines?

    This Socio-economic Planning Secretary is an armchair know-nothing government employee. Sayang ang sweldo sa kanya. 

  • http://twitter.com/sandpiper64 batang4

    is this the best economic brain the Philippines has right now ? that American who posted that video on youtube should add this to his list: PH officials like to insult intelligence of the masses. OF COURSE the friggin’ PH unemployment rate will be lower than that of the US. The US has a bigger number of population, so a bigger number of employables unemployed gives you a bigger number of unemployed. WTF !

    • SimounIbarra

      We are talking of percentage, not actual numbers. Learn math.

  • Bansot

    Paderanga, please correct your statistics, scavengers, hold uppers, robbers, scumbags, snatchers, insurgents, rebels, NPAs, are not employed, and that’s the main reason why they turned into criminal activities.

  • Kuya_Orot

    Where had you been Pade?? You could be daydreaming or protecting a laggard administration from criticisms for its insensitivity to the poor man’s plight. Even survey results show otherwise from your recent pronouncement. Pauli na lang sa Gingoog, Dong, og tanum kag kamote. 

  • cantonese

    HA HA HA, Did Lasierda told you to do some twisting news about employment?

  • oozingkev

    let’s talk about per capita

  • erick_1972

     WTF! US to the Philippines.Yes there is a U.S. recession and  on going national elections .WHY need to compare to country a thousand miles apart when the Philippines Asian neighbors are so near. May be ashamed that mostly the educated college graduate are turned into domestic helpers. 

  • mekeni62

    wow better than the US. Congratulations!! ha ha ha.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr. should never announce this. Some people might just believe it. The government should work a little harder & rid itself of corrupt officers and workers so that no Filipina will go to the Middle East to work as a housekeeper or a servant.

  • Kayang

    Such a rdicolous announcement is not even worth a comment. I advise the “good secretary” to go out and check the real unemployment. But that would be work, wouldn’t it? He might be taken off the unemployment list himself.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NOMVLC5HDV6PZCEUSYH26O4JI yaptangcom

    Here we go again, another overzealous (EPAL in the vernacular) cabinet member of the Aquino administration gloating about a purported economic feat. You heard the supposed good news about the jobless rate in the Philippines being lower than the United States. Here’s the bad news: there are millions of OFWs and Filipino expats who still labor and toil abroad because their government can’t provide them a decent source of livelihood. Which begs the question: Did it occur to Sec. Paderanga what our economy would be like without OFW remittances? Oddly enough, this dubious statement comes on the heels of another Aquino cabinet member who boldly proclaimed to all and sundry that the Philippines is now a creditor country. Bottom line: there are charlatans running loose around the Aquino Administration that must be reined in before they wreak more havoc.          

  • http://twitter.com/toothpastesales be honest

    Its a well-edited version that seems to paint a bright picture to praise the admin.
    I hope PDI can print again the WHOLE statistic results again.

    From what I read in another newspaper, some of the  OMITTED  datas are –
    ” The January 2012 Labor Force survey of the NSO showed that unemployment was highest in  National Capital Region ( NCR ) at 12.2 percent and lowest in Cagayan Valley at 2.4 percent. ”
    ” Employment rate was highest in Cagayan Valley at 97.6 percent. Other regions with high employment rates in January are ARMM 97 percent, MIMAROPA and Zamboanga Peninsula 96.6 percent, SOCCSKSAR0GEN 96 percent .”
    ” Self employed workers without any paid employee constituted 30.1 percent of those employed in January 2012,”

    If we look at the whole picture –
    1) unemployment rate is highest in NCR ( which has the higher if not the highest living standard ) at 12.2 percent :
    2) unemployment rate is lowest in Mindanao ( which has a lower living standard )
    3) the 30.1 percent of self-employed workers ( nearly one third of employed labor force ) seems difficult to justify or verified under this survey. It can easily vary from month to month.

  • wawa2172

    The Noy government is trying to put a different picture on the worsening unemployment scenario in the country. With two sectors formal and informal, Noy admin is giving a false picture that the Filipinos are gainfully employed better than americans. Its a false hood, most of the Filipinos are jobless and they cannot make both ends meet. Sec. Paderanga, places a misleading information and that US is still a most sought destination among Filipino professionals. We are worker exporter, almost in all corner of the world and the remittances is keeping this nation alive. What the government failed to do is to improved the economy to provide job among the Filipino people. Come this April, colleges graduates will be in the thousands and where will this people find jobs. Of course, Sec. Paderanga will be find it difficult to answer because the government is still “noynoying” and so busy with the informal sector called “impensment”. Well, whereto Philippines?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PLLXYREEEFVAVQZZVCLIXVZNDU Mellow

    wow ang yaman na pala ng Pilipinas so 1st world na tayo! galing ni PNoy, noy noying lang ng noy noying pero umuunlad ang bansa since mas mababa ang unemployment rate ng Pilipinas kesa America. mas mayaman na tayo sa America pauwiin na lahat ng OFW galing ni Noy noy

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PLLXYREEEFVAVQZZVCLIXVZNDU Mellow

    “In the Philippines, there are many jobs that ordinarily would not be
    thought of as work in developed countries,” Paderanga  explained in a
    statement. – in tagalog pati nagpupulot ng basura ginawang job ni  Paderanga  para bumaba ang unemployed. loser!

  • laguar

    The Philippines has also a lower standard of living than the U.S, as well.

  • CmdrAdobo

    wow..this is too much and hard to be believe. In our household alone and my relatives, probably there are 4 out of 5 are jobless?

    why do we still see a lot of istambays?

    Why do we still hear about robberies and petty crimes that is related to lack of money?

  • dyslexicmind

    Good lord… is this guy for real?

  • haaay

    incredible. (agriculture sector total 13.1 million, representing 32.6 percent of those employed) here in negros, sugar planters (at least majority of them) pay their workers between 100 to 150 a day.  (
    services sector—representing 7.8 million or 19.3 percent of total employed—were in wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles) we all know employers hardly implements the rtwpb wage orders. haaay

  • 070844

    What a load of rubbish!

    1. In the Philippines,if you work just 1 day a month you are considered employed.

    2. How do they collect the statistics?

  • billy espinosa

    ang yayabang talaga natinnn…….
    sobrang yabang talaga………..

    hangang ngayun ginagawa nyu pa rin tanga mga pilipino… 



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