Statistics on filipino women and men's labor and employment

  • Preliminary results of the October 2013 Labor Force Survey (LFS) showed a 0.1 increase in the Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) for females at 49.8% (from 49.7% in 2012), and 0.2 decrease for males at 78.1% (from 78.3% in 2012).


  • The number of employed and unemployed Filipinos in October 2013 were estimated at 37.7 million and 2.6 million respectively. Female employment was estimated at 14.8 million compared to 22.9 million males.

  • Female unemployment rate for the same period was relatively lower at 5.9% which is equivalent to 927 thousand compared to male at 6.8% which is estimated at 1.7 million.

  • The October 2010 LFS shows that employed males who completed high school or elementary are estimated at 26.7 percent and 15.9 percent respectively, higher than that of employed females at 25.2 percent and 14.4 percent respectively. Among employed females, 21.5 percent finished college which is higher compared with employed males at 10.6 percent.

  • The October 2010 LFS estimated a total of 5 million women laborers and unskilled workers and 6.7 million of their male counterpart. Women farmers, forestry workers, and fisherfolks were estimated at 839 thousand compared to 5.1 million men in the same occupation group. Likewise, women government officials, corporate executives, managing proprietors, managers and supervisors were estimated at 2.5 million while men in the same group were estimated at 2.4 million.

  • Of the total 14.2 million employed women in October 2010, around 7.5 million (53.0%) were wage and salary workers; 3.9 million (27.7%) were self employed without any paid employee; and around 327 thousand (2.3%) were employer in own family-operated farm or business. As to the 22.3 million employed men, 12.3 million (55.0%) were wage and salary workers; 7.1 million (31.8%) were self employed without any paid employee; and 1.1 million (4.8%) were employer in own family-operated farm or business.

  • Contrary to the standard, not all employed women and men were paid. There is, in fact, a considerable number of unpaid family workers. In October 2010, unpaid family workers in own family-operated farm or business were estimated at 4.3 million. Of the total figures, 2.4 million (56.7%) were women while only 1.8 million (43.3%) were men.