Philippines’ unemployment hits new low since start of pandemic

November 8, 2022 - 1:26 PM
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Filipinos wearing masks and face shields for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk along a street market in Manila, Philippines, December 3, 2020. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

 The Philippines’ unemployment rate in September fell to a new low since the COVID-19 pandemic began, highlighting more green shoots of recovery as the country fully reopens its domestic economy.

The unemployment rate eased for a third month in a row to hit 5% in September, the statistics agency said on Tuesday, which bodes well for third quarter growth.

“The recent survey results show the gains of the full reopening of our economy,” Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said in a statement.

Gross domestic product was 7.4% in the second quarter, bringing the average growth in the first half of the year to 7.8%, above the government’s 6.5-7.5% growth target for 2022. Official third quarter GDP data will be released on Nov. 10.

—Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor