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Unemployment rate up to 6% in May

/ 10:23 AM July 07, 2022
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(FILE PHOTO) A man looks at a poster showing the list of jobs for hire. INQUIRER/MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s unemployment rate rose 6 percent in May, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Thursday.

The 6-percent unemployment rate is higher compared to the 5.7 percent recorded in April.

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However, the May unemployment rate is lower compared to the 7.7 percent recorded in the same month last year.

“The country’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.0 percent in May 2022, from 7.7 percent in May 2021. However, it posted a 0.3 percentage point month-on-month increase from 5.7 percent in April 2022,” the PSA said in a statement.

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From 2.76 million in April, the number of unemployed people swelled to 2.93 million in May, the PSA said. In May 2021, there were 3.74 million unemployed individuals.

According to the PSA, 94 percent or 94 in every 100 people in the labor force have a job or business in May, lower than the 94.3 percent in April.

This means that “46.08 million out of 49.01 million Filipinos in the labor force 15 years old and over were employed in May 2022.”

The services sector, the PSA said, dominated the labor market with 59 percent of the employed population. The agriculture and industry sectors followed with 22 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, 14.5 percent or 6.67 million of the employed population are underemployed, the PSA noted.

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