January Unemployment Rate at 6.6%

Unemployment rate increased to 6.6 percent in January 2017 from the 5.7 percent recorded in the same month last year. This was mainly due to employment losses in the agriculture sector, which was affected by two typhoons in December and January. It shed an estimated 882,000 workers, equivalent to two thirds of total employment losses. The sector still accounts for 25.5 percent of all employment…

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