Dole: Job loss only in 3 regions

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Wednesday that of the 17 regions in the country, only three suffered from employment losses based on the April 2014 Labor Force Survey (LFS).

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said only Cagayan Valley, Eastern Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula did not see an employment growth during the surveyed period.

"Only three regions suffered from employment losses. These are Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), which lost 42,000; Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) at negative 13,000; and Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), which recorded a negative 27,000," Baldoz said.

On the other hand, 14 regions experienced gains in employment, with Calabarzon leading at 325,000; followed by Central Luzon at 205,000; Central Visayas at 186,000; Metro Manila at 185,000; Davao Region at 181,000; Western Visayas at 173,000; Armm at 134,000.

The other regions that recorded employment gains were Ilocos Region at 87,000; Northern Mindanao at 83,000; Caraga at 52,000; Soccsksargen at 51,000; Mimaropa at 44,000; Bicol Region at 26,000; and Cordillera Administrative Region at 4,000.

Baldoz said this contributed to the employment growth seen in the April 2014 LFS, wherein an employment growth of 4.5 percent was seen after the economic growth generated 1.654 million newly employed persons.

She said she expects the positive results to be sustained in the next LFS result.

"We are optimistic that the next round of the Labor Force Survey will sustain the country's robust employment situation," said Baldoz.

She said her confidence stems from the continuous efforts being made by the government in helping reduce the unemployment and underemployment rate in the country.

"This optimism is anchored on the overall effort and commitment of the government, including the DOLE, to implement programs, projects, and services that facilitate employment and make the business climate conducive for job creation and job generation," said Baldoz. (HDT/Sunnex)

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