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[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

Eurozone inflation falls sharply amid slowdown fears

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The latest data puts consumer prices in the 19-nation single currency bloc even further from the European Central Bank's inflation goal of just below 2.0%

ECB. This file photo show the headquarters of the European Central Bank. File photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

Philippine labor force participation dips in January 2019

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Some 387,000 Filipinos drop out of the country's labor force, but the employment rate slightly gets better in January 2019

Global unemployment down, but too many working poor – U.N.

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Unemployment around the world fell in 2018 to 5.0% – from 5.1% in 2017 – for the first time dropping to the level seen before the global financial crisis hit in 2008

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 1, 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Unemployment rises under Duterte's watch

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:37 PM

Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that 145,000 more Filipinos were unemployed in 2017 at 2,185,000

INDUSTRIALIZATION. A worker accomplishes his tasks at a car manufacturing plant. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Is the government prepared for Boracay's closure?

Apr 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The labor department says it can only hire 5,000 of the 17,000 workers to be affected by the closure

CLOSURE. Workers work on the drainage system in the business centre in Malay town on Boracay island, Aklan province on April 6, 2018, ahead of the closure order on the island. AFP Photo

Service sector will be main driver of global employment growth - ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:06 AM

But while the global unemployment rate is stabilizing, unemployment and decent work deficits will stay at persistently high levels

Global unemployment down but working poverty rampant – UN

Jan 23, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The ILO also raised serious red flags about the health of the planet's labor market

ASSEMBLY LINE. Workers in the auto parts production line of the Bosch factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on January 11, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

[OPINION] Economic hardship in the time of Duterte: Here’s the data

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Economic woes, if unabated, could lead to social unrest. Recall that it was not so much Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in 1983 that led to EDSA 1, but the deep, painful recession in 1984 to 1985 that preceded it.

SSS eyes benefits for unemployed in proposed charter amendment

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:45 PM

SSS Chairman Amado Valdez says they are studying the creation of an insurance program for Filipinos who are unemployed through no fault of their own

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. SSS says its aims to provide the necessary benefits to cover for situations where no employment is available. Rappler file photo

Global unemployment reaches over 200 million – ILO

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:45 PM

The rise in global unemployment happens as small and medium enterprises face stagnation

UNEMPLOYMENT. Global unemployment has reached 700 million, according to the International Labor Organization. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Discrimination a hurdle for job-seeking Mindanao youth

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

A conflict monitoring group launches a set of guidelines that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of ethnic and religious belief

MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Time to rethink our perspective on jobs and technology

Jul 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Is it only the export of jobs that has led to unemployment or are we entering a brave new world of technology steadily eroding once secure foundations of employment?

10.4M Filipinos jobless, optimism dips in March – SWS poll

May 01, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Nearly 23 of survey respondents were jobless slightly lower than December 2016 s 25 1

JOBS. A recent SWS survey shows that 10.4 million Filipinos are jobless in the first quarter of 2017, slightly lower than December 2016. File photo

NEDA Board approves dev't plan, vows 'inclusive growth' under Duterte

Feb 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Through the Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 the Duterte administration aims to boost GDP growth to 7 8 and reduce the overall poverty rate to 14 in 6 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Malacañang Photo

How did the PH economy perform in 2016?

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Too many game changing events happened in 2016

Unemployment in October lowest in 11 years

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:50 PM

The services sector still has the largest share in the employed population making up 27 9

DROPS. PSA reveals that the country's employment rate climbed to 95.3% in October this year, from 94.4% recorded in the same month last year. Rappler file photo

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Nov 08, 2016 - 8:42 PM

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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

Youth unemployment swelling worldwide – ILO

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The International Labor Organization also warns that more than a third of young people who have a job are living in extreme or moderate poverty

epa04140953 Filipinos flock to a job fair inside a gymnasium in Manila, Philippines, 26 March 2014. According to news reports an estimated 700,000 fresh graduates are joining the ranks of the unemployed and the number of jobless youth ranging from 15 to 24 years old in the country will breach the two million mark. The Philippines National Statistics Office said on 11 March 2014 that the country?s unemployment rate in January 2014 is at 7.5 percent, or 2.969 million jobless Filipinos, up from 7.1 percent or 2.776 million in January 2013. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Dear Class of 2016: Reality bites

Aug 07, 2016 - 3:31 PM

A year after getting their diplomas what advice can Class of 2015 give this year s batch of graduates?

Dear Class of 2016: New beginnings

Aug 06, 2016 - 11:30 AM

With a year of experience under their belts what advice can Class of 2015 give this year s batch of graduates?

‘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

K to 12: Can it address the labor mismatch?

Jun 13, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Edukasyon ph aims to guide students through the biggest educational shift in a generation and prepare them for the new economy

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Jun 09, 2016 - 8:09 PM

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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

Pangasinan holds first-ever night job fair

May 03, 2016 - 7:08 PM

Around 3 000 job vacancies from 5 overseas and 16 local companies are made available during the night job fair on May 1

HOPEFUL. Applicants examine employment opportunities at the Pangasinan Night Job Fair. Image courtesy Jerico Samson

Intel to slash up to 12,000 jobs in restructuring

Apr 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The restructuring aims to accelerate evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and billions of smart connected computing devices

epa05222145 Signage at the Intel stand at the CeBIT computer show in Hanover, Germany, 16 March 2016. EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN

Tough global environment drags ADB's PH growth forecast

Mar 30, 2016 - 12:05 PM

ADB says private consumption will still be the main driver of the Philippine economy in 2016 although the impact of El Niño might set it back

LOWERS FORECAST. Philippine economic growth is projected to pick up with higher investment and consumption

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

Mary Jane Veloso and the female victims of 'labor export'

Mar 09, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Mary Jane s case is an example of the miserable conditions of women and female migrants says leader of a women s group

VELOSO'S MOTHER. Celia Veloso, Mary Jane Veloso's mother, tells a group of protesters about her daughter's sufferings. All photos by Bea Orante/Rappler

Eurozone unemployment at lowest since August 2011

Mar 02, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Unemployment in the 19 nation eurozone drops to 10 3 in January 2016

epa05023342 A general view of the Estonian capital Tallinn, as seen from the Toompea old town of Tallinn, Estonia, 25 September 2015. Eurozone economic growth slowed in the third quarter of 2015, coming in at a less-than-expected 0.3 per cent compared with the previous three months, according to data released 13 November 2015. The 19-member currency bloc has struggled to rev up its economic engine after emerging from recession in 2013. Inflation is hovering around zero and unemployment is only gradually falling.  Growth in the eurozone's gross domestic product (GDP) continued to slip after dropping from 0.5 per cent in the first quarter and 0.4 per cent in the second, according to an estimate by the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat. Estonia is part of Eurozone. EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN

France pledges 1 billion euros in aid to Tunisia

Jan 22, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Protests have broken out this week in Tunisia over unemployment and poverty leading to the announcement of a nighttime curfew earlier on Friday

PROTESTS. Unemployed graduates shout slogans during a demonstration urging the government to provide them with job opportunities, in Tunis, Tunisia, January 22, 2016. Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Global unemployment set to rise through 2017 – ILO

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:18 PM

The International Labour Organization is also alarmed over the increase in the number of unstable jobs

World at risk: WEF warns vs more chaos, fractured states

Jan 18, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Connections are fracturing at a time when changes in the global economy and climate require common direction says the World Economic Forum

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

Eurozone unemployment falls to lowest in four years

Jan 07, 2016 - 8:48 PM

Unemployment fell to 10 5 in November from 10 6 in October hitting the lowest level since October 2011

WAITING. A pensioner leans against the gate of the National Bank of Greece as he waits to withdraw money, with a maximum of 120 euros, in Athens July 7, 2015. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP

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

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Dec 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

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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

Adult joblessness rises to 23.2% – SWS

Sep 10, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Adult joblessness has been above 20 since November 2010 except for March 2015 when it fell to 19 1 the Social Weather Stations says

JOBLESSNESS. The latest joblessness finding is 4.1 points above the 19.1% (estimated 9 million adults) in March 2015, and 2.2 points below the 25.4% four-quarter average of 2014. File photo by EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

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

Aquino: 440,000 OFWs came home, unemployment lower

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:30 PM

While unemployment dropped to 6 8 the lowest it s been in decades the Philippines still ranks highest in unemployment in ASEAN

'Outraged' mayors take power in Madrid and Barcelona

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Former judge Manuela Carmena a communist in her youth is sworn in as mayor of Madrid while activist Ada Colau is set to become Barcelona s first female mayor

NEW BARCELONA MAYOR. Ada Colau, then Protest party 'Barcelona en Comu' candidate for mayor of Barcelona, smiles during a press conference to evaluate election results on May 25, 2015. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP