11M Filipinos unemployed – SWS


The number of unemployed Filipinos swelled to 11 million in the first quarter of the year, two million more than the previous quarter, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

The survey was conducted among 1,500 respondents from March 30 to April 2.

The figure is 2.5 points higher than the 21.4 percent or 9.1 million unemployed in the last quarter of 2015.

The unemployed in the first quarter poll consisted of 5.9 million adults who voluntarily left their jobs, 3.3 million who involuntarily lost their jobs, and 1.8 million who were first-time job seekers.

The latest survey also showed that 39 percent of Filipinos foresee more job openings in the next 12 months, while 31 percent said it will stay the same and 15 percent said there will be fewer jobs.

The SWS survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide and has sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points for national percentages.


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  1. Matino na Pinoy on

    The population has reached to 101 millions and the survey done was bogus. Couple of weeks ago, I read an article about poverty survey, and indicated that about 35 millions of the people have experienced hunger. This means that these people belonged to the poorest of the poor. This 11 million Filipinos unemployed is not a product of a realistic survey, but most likely an estimate or guesstimate, rather.

  2. Wcstevens@yahoo.com on

    Absolute nonsense..how can you determine the unemployment rate of a nation of 100 million by questioning 1.500 people..you cannot!!!!!

    • Maria stevens on

      Absolute nonsense. How can you determine the unemployment rate in a nation of 100 million people by questioning 1.500 of them ?..you cannot.