Davao employment rate drops

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Sunday, August 12, 2012


THE National Statistics Office (NSO) 11 reported a slight drop in the number of employed workers in Davao Region at 65.1 percent as of April this year from 66.4 percent registered in the same period in 2011.

Based on the agency's quantitative April 2012 Labor Force Survey, Davao Region posted an increase in the number of population aged 15 years old and above at 3 million individuals, up from 2.8 million individuals in the same period of 2011.

Despite the increase of the working age population, NSO 11 reported one percent drop in the Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) in April this year.

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Of the 1.8 million employed workers, those working in service sectors comprised the biggest chunk in the LFPR at 47.3 percent, an increase of 2.3 percent from 45 percent estimate in the same period last year.

The report also said at least 4 out of 10 employed in service sector were engaged in the wholesale and retail and repair of motor vehicles and motorcyles while only 1 out of 10 was in transportation services.

The labor force engaged in agriculture business is the second biggest. However, it decreased by 2.2 percent from 41.9 percent in April 2011 down to 39.7 percent in April 2012.

"Industry sector sector, on the other hand, comprised only 13 percent of the total employment, the same estimate in April 2011," the report said.
Meanwhile, the same labor force survey reported majority or 54.4 percent of the employed population in the region were salary and wage workers as of April this year. The figure was also sustained in April of previous year.

Of all salary and wage workers in Davao Region, at least 81.5 percent of them were employed in the private sector while government workers accounted only 11.5 percent. Those working in family enterprise comprised six percent. Those who work with pay in family enterprise comprised only one percent as of April this year.

There's a slight increase in the percentage of self-employed workers without any employee at 29.9 percent, up by 0.7 percent from 29.2 percent.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 13, 2012.

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