RESIGNATION was the top reason for unemployment last year, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
In its Mission: Rebooting Economic Activities through Community Engagement (RACE) program survey, DOLE said 85,045 of the over 2.39 million unemployed workers last year resigned from their work.
Meanwhile, the other most common causes for unemployment were finished contracts (75,604), and being a fresh graduate (64,004).
Most of those who are looking for work, when RACE was conducted, were students (382,568), housewives (321,396), and senior citizens (87,093).
DOLE together with 286 local government units (LGU) conducted the pilot of its RACE program from July to October 2021 as part of its preparation for the implementation of the government’s National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS).
Over 4.67 million individuals were profiled under RACE. Of which, the majority or around 1.42 million are junior high graduates, while only 799,673 were college graduates and 745,700 only completed elementary education.
Among the profiled worker respondents, DOLE noted most or 2,098,951 sought livelihood programs from the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).
Another 1.33 million applied for skills training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), while 769,586 sought employment facilitation from the Public Employment Service Office (PESO
RACE also profiled 106,413 establishments in August 2021. Of these, only 2,936 had vacancies for the said period.
The available employment opportunities were from the wholesale and retail of motor vehicles and motorcycles as well as accommodation and food services activities.