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Philippines Jobs Sept 15

September 15, 2007
Service sector boosts employment
The number of jobless Filipinos fell in July, boosted by the continued brisk performance of the services sector, the government reported Friday.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) said the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent in the same period last year.

However, the unemployment rate in July was higher than the 7.4 percent registered in April.

The statistics agency said two regions recorded a double-digit jobless rate, namely, National Capital Region (NCR) at 13.1 percent and Central Luzon at 11.5 percent.

“For every ten unemployed, six are males and four are females. Unemployed persons who had attained high school level comprised 45.5 percent of the total unemployed, while those who had reached college level [stood at] 39.4 percent,” the NSO said.

The number of employed persons in July was estimated at 33.3 million or an employment rate at 92.2 percent, not significantly different from last year’s 91.9 percent. Manila Times reports

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