Arellano unemployment figure wrong

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University of the Philippines Journalism Department
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Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 20:58
Screenshot of Arellano interview



Mayroong 10.5 million na walang trabaho as of 2016 (There are 10.5 million without jobs as of 2016).

     — Ernesto Arellano, Aplikante sa Senado, Feb. 20, 2019

The 2016 Labor Force Survey  by the Philippine Statistics Authority estimated about 2.4 million unemployed Filipinos, contrary to Senate hopeful Ernesto Arellano’s claim.

The number of underemployed persons, those employed “who express the desire to have additional hours of work of work in their present job or to have additional job, or to have a new job with longer working hours,” was estimated at 7.5 million.


News 5 Everywhere. (2019, February 20). Aplikante sa Senado—Atty. Ernesto Arellano. Retrieved from (02:11-2:52)

Philippine Statistics Authority. (2016, December 20). 2016 Annual Labor and Employment Status. Retrieved from



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