Of the estimated 71.9 million population 15 years old and over in October 2018, approximately 43.5 million persons were in the labor force, that is, either employed or unemployed (Table 1 and Table 3). This translates to a labor force participation rate (LFPR) of 60.6 percent. Region X (Northern Mindanao) had the highest reported LFPR with 65.2 percent while the lowest LFPR reported was in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) at 49.5 percent (Table 1 and Figure 1).
The employment rate in January 2019 was estimated at 94.8 percent. In January 2018, the employment rate was 94.7 percent.