36,086 Filipinos lost their jobs in June despite reopening of businesses — DOLE

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By: Manila Bulletin

The coronavirus crisis threw 36,086 more Filipino workers out of work this month despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country.

The latest job-loss figures from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) brought to 90,215 the total of Filipinos who were displaced as of June 22.

Data from DOLE showed these workers who lost their jobs were employed in 3,189 establishments nationwide that closed down or reduced their workforce.

“Ninety-one percent of which was due to reduced workforce (2,895) while the remaining 9 percent reported permanent closure (294),” DOLE said in a report.

Metro Manila accounted for the highest number of displaced workers with 45,046, followed by Calabarzon and Central Luzon, with 17,805 and 8,107, respectively.

The DOLE recorded the unemployment figures based on the notices of shutdown and retrenchment submitted by employers to the agency’s regional offices since January this year.

“The monthly breakdown shows that the month of June tallied the highest number of reporting establishments (57% share of 1,809) displacing 36,086 workers,” it said.

The same data showed there have been 990,176 Filipino workers affected by the flexible working arrangements implemented by 23,855 establishments, while the temporary closure of 82,086 establishments affected 1.95 million workers.

A majority of the establishments, according to DOLE, belong to the administrative and support service with 28,192 affected workers as well as manufacturing with 10,260.

The other affected industries are wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, accommodation and food service, information and communication, among others.


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