MORE Filipinos are out-of-work and the figures presented by the pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) about a second quarter job survey were inaccurate, according to a Catholic bishop.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the Permanent Committee on Public Affairs of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), expressed his belief on Thursday that there were more jobless Filipinos than the SWS has reported.
“I don’t usually make a comment about joblessness because the criteria used between the employed and unemployed is not accurate. For them, they consider part-time job as regular job,” Pabillo said in a local dialect over the Church-run Radyo Veritas.
Pabillo stressed the importance of the need to explain the difference between regular and casual jobs.
“What is the job they are talking about? Is it a regular job or a casual job only? Of course, if it’s a casual job, it won’t last long. What they should count is the regular job,” the prelate further said.
The SWS survey, conducted from June 5-8, 2015 with 1,200 respondents nationwide, showed that adult joblessness rose to 23.2 percent equivalent to an approximate of 10.5 million Filipinos.
The figures are 4.1 points higher than the 19.1 percent recorded during the first quarter.
The survey has a margin of error of ±3 percent for national percentages and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
It showed that 11 percent or 4.7 million people voluntarily left their jobs, 10 percent or 4.4 million were retrenched, while six percent were workers whose contract had ended and no longer renewed.
Joblessness is much higher among women at 31.3 percent compared to only 16.9 percent for men.
Joblessness also increased across all age brackets, particularly among the youngest group.