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Most Filipinos can’t find jobs—SWS

Survey says most Filipino workers find it hard to land a job nowadays.

The Social Weather Station (SWS) survey during the first quarter of the year showed that 69 percent of adult Filipinos are having difficulty looking for jobs these days.

The SWS study indicated that only 11 percent said “finding a job is easy these days,” while 16 percent were undecided, while four percent had no idea at all and said “I don’t know.”

According to the SWS, looking for a job has always been difficult since 2011.

However, 50 percent of the Filipino workforce are optimistic that there would be more job opportunities available in the next 12 months.

Only 10 percent believed otherwise, while 26 percent said they expected no changes. Again, 14 percent said they don’t know.

“Since 2009, except during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Filipinos have been more optimistic about job availability,” the SWS said.

Meanwhile, 26 percent believed there will be “no changes,” 10 percent opined there would be “fewer jobs,” while 14 percent declared they “don’t know.

The SWS survey was held March 26-29 this year, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults aged 18 and above nationwide. It had a margin of error of +/-2.8 percent.

Earlier, the SWS said unemployment among adult Filipinos decreased from 9.6 million in December 2022 to 8.7 million in March 2023.

But the SWS said this was still a far cry from the 7.9 million unemployed Filipinos in December 2019.

—Vito Barcelo


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