Why is rural underemployment so high?

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Rolando T. Dy

Why is rural underemployment high?  Underemployed refers to “the employed persons who express the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or an additional job, or have a new job with longer working hours” (Philippine Statistical Authority or PSA).

In early 2017, some 6.4 million Filipinos were underemployed, or 16.3% of the labor force. Rural regions had high underemployment rates (over 20%) such as Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Soccsksargen, but lower in urbanized regions, i.e., NCR 11.9%, Davao 14.6%, Calabarzon 14.8%, Central Luzon 15.8%.

 

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