Davao Region has lowest employment rate-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
DAVAO Region's employment rate is the lowest among the regions in Mindanao with 93.5 percent as of July 2013.
But a labor official said this is quite an improvement from April's 91.7 percent.
"Even if we have a lower employment rate in Mindanao we should think that we are coming from a very low of 91.7 percent in April. This is quite an improvement for us already," said Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) regional director Joffrey M. Suyao in an interview with Sun.Star Davao on Friday.
The employment rate grew from 91.7 percent in April to 93.5 percent in July 2013 with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent and an underemployment rate of 18.3 percent.
Suyao said they expected the employment rate to be lower than 91.7 percent due to the effects of the natural calamities that hit the region in recent months.
"With the improvement of the employment rate, it appears that we are slowly recovering," he said. He also said that they are happy with the result since the employment rate is higher than the national employment rate of 92.7 percent.
The Zamboanga Peninsula posted the highest employment rate with 96.9 percent. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao posted the lowest underemployment rate with 10.5 in the country.
Suyao said it is important to note the underemployment rate of the region since it will tell the "quality of jobs" in the area.
"We have a better quality of jobs compared to others despite the low employment rate. The jobs here are more improved versus our neighbors," he said, adding that the underemployment rate improved from 21.1 percent in January.
In order to lower underemployment, Dole conducted consultations with the various industries to know what skills are needed or demanded from job applicants. They are also having partnerships with the education sector to discuss on what skills are needed to taught or what things are needed to be updated in the curriculums.
In the National Statistics Office Labor Force Survey of July 2013, the country posted an employment rate of 92.7 percent, an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, and an underemployment rate of 19.2 percent with a labor force participation rate 63.9 percent.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 14, 2013.