Employment Situation in CALABARZON: As of April 2021

Reference Number: 

2021-0400-SR08

Release Date: 

Friday, June 25, 2021
Figure 1. Labor Force Participation Rate, CALABARZON:
April 2020 to April 2021
 
Notes:   Estimates for October 2020, January and April 2021 are preliminary and may change.
Source:  Philippine Statistics Authority, Labor Force Survey
 
Of the estimated 11.35 million population 15 years old and over in CALABARZON, about 64.8 percent or 7.36 million are persons in the labor force (See summary statistics).  It means that about 648 out of 1,000 population aged 15 years and over in the region were either employed or unemployed.  The labor force participation rate (LFPR) in April 2021 posted an increase of 3.3 percentage points compared to the LFPR in January 2021; and about 6.5 percentage points higher than the LFPR in April 2020.
 
Employment rate decreased by 0.3 percent
 
Employment rate (ER) in April 2021 slightly decreased by 0.3 percentage points from 86.9 percent in January 2021 to 86.6 percent in April 2021. Compared to the ER of 83.3 percent in April 2020, it is higher by 3.3 percentage points. In absolute numbers, it translates to 6.37 million employed persons as of April 2021 from 5.36 million in April 2020.
 
Figure 2. Employment Rate, CALABARZON: April 2020 to April 2021
Notes:   Estimates for October 2020, January and April 2021 are preliminary and may change.   
Source:  Philippine Statistics Authority, Labor Force Survey
 
Unemployment rate is recorded at 13.4 percent
 
Unemployment rate is estimated at 13.4 percent, higher by 0.3 percentage points compared to 13.1 percent in the first quarter of 2021. As compared to the unemployment rate of 16.7 percent in the same period last year, it is lower by 3.3 percentage points.
 
Figure 3. Unemployment Rate, CALABARZON: April 2020 to April 2021
     
Notes:   Estimates for October 2020, January and April 2021 are preliminary and may change.
Source:  Philippine Statistics Authority, Labor Force Survey
 
Underemployment rate is registered at 12.5 percent
 
Underemployed persons in the region were estimated at 1.19 M as of April 2021. This number represented 18.6 percent of the total employed persons in the region.  Underemployment rate was lower by 5.1 percentage points compared to the same period last year. Note that Underemployed persons are those who were employed but still express their desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or to have an additional job, or have a new job with longer working hours.
 
Figure 4. Underemployment Rate, CALABARZON: April 2020 to April 2021
      
Notes:   Estimates for October 2020, January and April 2021 are preliminary and may change.
Source:  Philippine Statistics Authority, Labor Force Survey
 
Employment rate by Region
 
Employment rate of CALABARZON is 4.7 percentage points lower than the 91.3 percent employment rate of the Philippines for the second quarter this year. The region is second to NCR (85.6 percent) with the lowest ER for the second quarter of 2021.  Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) registered the highest ER of 96.7 percent during the period; followed by Davao Region (Region XI) at 95.8 percent.
 
In April 2020, the region registered an employment rate of 83.3 percent which was higher than the 82.4 percent employment rate of the country.  BARMM had the lowest employment rate of 70.2 percent; followed by Central Luzon (Region III) with 72.7 percent. The highest ER was in Northern Mindanao (Region X) at 88.9 percent.
 
Figure 5. Employment Rate by Region, Philippines: April 2020 and April 2021
Notes:   Estimates for April 2021 are preliminary and may change.
Source:  Philippine Statistics Authority, Labor Force Survey
 
SUMMARY STATISTICS
CALABARZON
2020
2021
April
July
October
January
April
Total Population 15 Years Old (in '000)
11,042
11,206
11,226
11,257
11,350
Labor Force (in '000)
 6,437
 7,161
6,803
7,538
7,355
Labor Force Participation Rate
58.3
63.9
60.6
61.5
64.8
Employment (in '000)
 5,362
 6,273
6,055
6,551
6,369
Employment Rate
83.3
87.6
89.0
86.9
86.6
Unemployment (in '000)
 1,075
 888
748
987
986
Unemployment Rate
16.7
12.4
11.0
13.1
13.4
Underemployment (in '000)
 1,271
 1,374
757
989
1,185
Underemployment Rate
23.7
21.9
12.5
15.1
18.6
Notes:   Estimates for October 2020, January and April 2021 are preliminary and may change. Revised estimates based on 2015 POPCEN-Based Population Projection. Details may not add up to totals due to rounding.
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority, Labor Force Survey
 
 
 Highlights
  • Total labor force population in April 2021 was estimated at 7.36 million in CALABARZON. This translates to 64.8 percent labor force participation rate.
  • Total employed persons in the region for the second quarter were approximately 6.37 million population 15 years old and over or a regional employment rate of 86.6 percent.
  • Total unemployed persons reached 986 thousand.
  • Underemployment rate was recorded at 18.6 percent or approximately 1.19 M employed persons.
 
 
 
(SGD)
CHARITO C. ARMONIA
Regional Director
 
BFP/COB /JGM

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