Unemployment Rate in the Philippines 2021

PUBLISHED ON: April 6, 2021
LAST UPDATED ON: August 14, 2021

The Unemployment Rate in the Philippines is monitored by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Terms and definition in Employment Surveys

Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR)

What is the definition of Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR)? Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) is the number of persons actively working or searching for employment. In the Philippines, the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) has adopted that following definition which is "Percentage of the total number of persons in the labor force to the total population 15 years old and over."

The definition of the Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) has been approved by Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) through NSCB Resolution No. 14, series of 2007.

Underemployment

What is the definition of Underemployment? The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) defines Underemployment as "employed persons who express the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or an additional job, or to have a new job with longer working hours"

Unemployed

What is the definition of Unemployed? It is referred to persons who are 15 years old and over as of their last birth and are reported as:

  1. without work;
  2. currently available for work; and,
  3. seeking work or not seeking work due to the following reasons:
    • belief that no work is available, or
    • awaiting results of previous job application, or
    • because of temporary illness or disability, or
    • bad weather, or
    • waiting for rehire or job recall.

Employed

What is the meaning of employed? This refers to persons in the labor force who are reported either as at work or with a job or business although not at work.  Persons at work are those who did some work, even for an hour during the reference period.

Unemployment Rate Statistics - Quarterly

The following is the latest Labor Force survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

DateLabor Force
Participation Rate
Employment
Rate
Underemployment
Rate
Unemployment
Rate
Population 15 years
old and over (in 000)
July
2018
60.1%94.6%17.2%5.4%71,561
October
2018
60.6%94.9%13.3%5.1%71,885
January
2019
60.2%94.8%15.6%5.2%72,525
April
2019
61.4%94.9%13.5%5,1%72,539
July
2019
62.1%94.6%13.9%5.4%73,133
October
2019
61.5%95.5%13.0%4.5%73,530
January
2020
61.7%94.7%14.8%5.3%72,841
April
2020
55.7%82.4%18.9%17.6%73,722
July
2020
61.9%90.0%17.3%10.0%74,061
October
2020*
58.7%91.3%14.4%8.7%74,307
January
2021*
60.5%91.3%16.0%8.7%74,733
February
2021*
63.5%91.2%18.2%8.8%-
*Estimates by PSA and may change in subsequent publications

Unemployment Rate Statistics - Annual

YearLabor Force
Participation Rate
Employment
Rate
Underemployment
Rate
Unemployment
Rate
Population 15 years
old and over (in 000)
201761.2%94.3%16.1%5.7%69,891
201860.9%94.7%16.4%5.3%71,339

Unemployed Rate Information Issuances

Quarterly Unemployment Rate

Reference NumberEmployment SituationRelease DateRemarks
2018-205July 201830 January 2019-
2019-063October 201826 April 2019-
2019-123January 201926 July 2019-
2019-181April 201931 October 2019-
2020-035July 201913 February 2020-
2020-056October 201912 May 2020-
2020-102April 20205 June 2020Reference number and release date
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2020-187January 20207 August 2020-
2020-246July 20203 September 2020Reference number and release date
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2020-344April 202011 November 2020-
2020-386October 20203 December 2020October 2019 date revised
2021-107January 20219 March 2021-
2021-142February 202130 March 2021-

Annual Unemployment Rate

Reference NumberEmployment SituationRelease DateRemarks
2018-201201828 December 2018-

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