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The Workforce Statistics in the Philippines (Formal, Informal, and Labor Sector)

Requested from PIDS by C. Bauso at 05:27 PM on Nov 30, 2021.
Purpose: Research
Date of Coverage: 01/01/2017 - 11/30/2021
Tracking no: #PIDS-417858361585

Bauso 05:27 PM, Nov 30, 2021

Hi! I would like to request information regarding the workforce statistics in the Philippines from 2017-2021

I am requesting the said information to look for the following:
1. The number of people employed in formal, informal, and labor sector for the aforesaid period.
2. Percentage of people employed in formal, informal, and labor sector for the aforesaid period.

I will also attempt to obtain said information from your website as you also deal with the said matters. Your institution might have the numbers I need within your archives.

Thank you.

December 4, 2021

Dear Christopher Mark,


Thank you for your request dated Nov 30, 2021 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your request

You asked for The Workforce Statistics in the Philippines (Formal, Informal, and Labor Sector).

Response to your request

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance, this Office does not produce the data sets you have requested. PIDS makes use of administrative data from other agencies for its research studies. However, you may want to get in touch directly with the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA ( to request the data sets that you need. The PSA has labor-related publications and publicly available database (, which you may find useful for your study.

Also, you may want to look at the following PIDS publication and databases that are related to the data sets that you are requesting:
•	DP 2019-11: Towards Inclusive Social Protection Program Coverage in the Philippines: Examining Gender Disparities (;
•	PN 2017-09: Do men and women in the Philippines have equal economic opportunities? (; and
•	PIDS Economic and Social Database:  Philippine Key Indicators, 1946-2020: (

Kindly check other PIDS publications that are available on our website (link here:

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