The Labor Force Survey (LFS) is a nationwide survey conducted quarterly by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). For this particular release, the data presented are based on the final results of the January 2017 LFS round for the National Capital Region (NCR).
Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) in NCR decreases in January 2017
For the entire country, the LFPR registered 60.7 percent in January 2017 from 63.3 percent during the same period of the previous year. In NCR, the LFPR decreased to 61.3 percent in January 2017 from 63.7percent during the same period in 2016.
Comparative labor force counts and LFPR for the Philippines and NCR for January 2016 and January 2017 LFS rounds are shown below.
Employment Rate in NCR registers at 91.5 percent
The employment rate of the country reached 93.4 percent in January 2017, lower by 0.8 percentage point from the same period of the previous year. In NCR, the employment rate posted 91.5 percent in January 2017, or 1.6 percentage points decrease from January 2016.
Comparative employment figures and employment rates for the January 2016 and January 2017 LFS results are shown below.
The trend of employment rate in the country and NCR for the January 2016 and January 2017 LFS round.
More than half of the employed persons in NCR are males
The country’s male population dominated the employed workforce in the January 2017 LFS round. Of the 39.3 million employed persons, males accounted for 62.3 percent compared to 37.7 percent females. Mean while, of the 5.1 million employed persons in NCR, 57.4 percent were males. Refer to Table 1 for details of household population 15 years old and over by employment status and by sex for the Philippines and NCR for the period January 2017.
Services sector employs more than three quarters of the total workforce in NCR
More than three quarters (80.5%) of the 5.1 million employed persons in NCR were employed in the services sector while 19.0percent were engaged in the industry sector in January 2017. The remaining proportion was employed in the agriculture sector.
Similar structure was observed in the January 2016 LFS round. Refer to Table 2 for details of the employed persons and major industry group in NCR for the period January 2016 and 2017.
Service and sales workers comprise the largest group in NCR
In the January 2017 LFS round, service and sales workers comprised the largest group of employment in NCR at 21.0 percent. Elementary occupations formed the second largest group at 16.9percent, while managers made up the third largest group at 15.7 percent. Refer to Table 3 for details of employed persons by sex and by major occupation group in NCR for January 2017.
NCR Unemployment rate rises to 8.5 percent in January 2017
The unemployment rate in the country increased to 6.6 percent in the January 2017 LFS round from the 5.8 percent of the same month of the previous year.
Similarly, NCR unemployment rate increased to 8.5 percent from 6.9 percent in the same period of the previous year. Unemployment figures of the Philippines and NCR based from the final estimates of the January 2016 and January 2017 LFS round are shown below.
Underemployment rate in NCR increases in January 2017
In the January 2017 LFS round, in NCR underemployment rate increased to 11.9 percent from 9.8 percent in January 2016. This represents a rise of 2.1 percentage points. Comparative underemployment figures and underemployment rates for the January 2016 and January 2017 LFS results are shown below.
Almost two-thirds (65.6%) of the 0.6 million underemployed persons in NCR were males in January 2017. Similar share was noted in the sex distribution for underemployment both at the national level for the January 2016. Refer to Table 4 for details of underemployed persons by sex in Philippines and NCR for January 2016 and January 2017.