Beyond the numbers and figures of Labor Day Rappler wants to know how work makes you feel. Join the conversation!

Workers are seen at a construction site in Quezon City, east of Manila on June 15, 2011. Photo by Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA, Philippines – In 1903, the first Labor Day celebration was observed in the Philippines to highlight the role of workers and their contribution to growing the country’s economy and to give them an opportunity to air their grievances.

It’s been more than a century since, but the same problems continue to exist in the workforce. On Monday, the International Labor Organization predicted that the global unemployment rate would hit 6.1% in 2012, translating to over 202 million unemployed people. 

Job availability and higher wages are still among the top 5 concerns of Filipinos according to a Pulse Asia survey. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) earlier suggested that the Philippine government go for policies that improve the manufacturing sector, in order to achieve inclusive growth. The country’s reliance on the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry just won’t do, the ADB added. 

Beyond the numbers and figures, however, Rappler wants to know how work makes you feel. Join our discussion on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday (May 1) using the hashtag #WorkMakesMeFeel.

Here’s what our social media community is saying: 

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