In 2016, the Philippine labor situation, in terms of employment and unemployment slightly improved from 2015. The number of persons 15 years and older, or those of working age in the country was higher in 2016 than in 2015. Of the 68.1 million Filipinos in the age group, 63.4% entered the labor force.
Among regions, the highest number of persons 15 years and older in 2016 were observed in Region IV-A at 9.3 million, followed by the NCR at 8.8 million.
The labor force participation rate (LFPR), or the percentage of persons 15 years old and over who joined the labor force, went down in most regions in 2016 except in the NCR, Regions III, VI and IX where it increased. During the same period, the highest LFPR was recorded in Region VII at 66.7%, while ARMM had the lowest rate at 53.1%. >>read complete document