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.