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Work and Economic Participation in the Philippines

Work and Economic Participation in the Philippines

The Work and Economic Participation in the Philippines factsheet from the Philippine Statistics Authority focuses on the latest statistical updates on women and men in the country. The 2017 edition contains 84 indicators covering 14 socio-economic sectors and gender concerns, namely:

  • Population;
  • Education;
  • Health and Nutrition;
  • Work and Economic Participation;
  • Family Income and Expenditures;
  • Agriculture;
  • Public Life;
  • Trade and Industry;
  • Millennium Development Goals, specifically on Goal 3;
  • Tourism;
  • Social Welfare and Development;
  • Violence Against Women;
  • Child Abuse; and
  • Filipino Youth.

A comparison among ASEAN countries in some indicators disaggregated by sex is also available.

The factsheet includes data from the latest surveys, statistical reports and publications such as the 2017 Labor Force Survey, 2016 Survey on Overseas Filipinos, 2015 Family Income and Expenditure Survey, 2016 Household Survey on Domestic Visitors, among others, and from administrative data sources such as the Business name registration from the Department of Trade and Industry, Number of cases served by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, among others.

The factsheet aims to provide relevant and user-friendly information on gender issues that are deemed important to planners, researchers and other users for evidence-based gender and development advocacy, planning, programming and policy setting.


  • Information technology was the most common field of study for all female university students in 2017.
  • The labour force participation rate for women in the Philippines in 2017 was 46.2% (versus 76.2% for men), while the unemployment rate was 5.2% (versus 6% for men). The underemployment rate was 13.4% for women, compared to 17.8% for men.
  • Almost 10% of women are unpaid family workers, compared to just 4% of men.
  • The industries that employ the most women are Wholesale and Retail; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles, & Personal and Household Goods. The industries that employ the most men are agriculture, hunting and forestry.
  • Women make up the majority of Filipino overseas workers, with 1.2 million Filipino women working overseas, compared to 1 million Filipino men.


  • Labour Force Participation Rate (%)
  • Unemployment Rate (%)
  • Underemployment Rate (%)
  • Proportion of Unpaid Family Workers (%)
  • Major Industry Division Where Most are Employed
  • Number of Overseas Filipino Workers (in thousands)
  • Age Group with the Largest Proportion of Overseas Filipino Workers
  • Most Common Destination of Overseas Filipino Workers
  • Most Common Occupation of Overseas Filipino Workers
  • Average remittance in cash and in kind per Overseas Filipino Workers
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