Unemployment problem

Philippines
June 17, 2008 10:23am CST
Based on the latest data released by the National Statistics Office here in the Philippines, there are 3 million Filipinos who are unemployed. In April of last year the percentage of unemployed was at around 7%. In April of this year, the percentage is 8%. It's really sad that a lot of people are unemployed considering how difficult life is at present. Do you have unemployment problems in your country? How grave is the problem? What is your government doing to ease this problem?
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• United States
17 Jun 08
We are having huge unemployment problems here in America. In my opinion it's because of George Bush. He only wants to make the rich richer...also, many people are on welfare, but in my state, Rhode Island, a humongous budget cut is coming into play next month, a lot of people who previously qualified for welfare will not qualify anymore, and children will be without medical insurance too. How are single moms who don't get child support or anything supposed to survive? I am fortunate to have qualified previously, not sure if I will still qualify, but welfare helped me get a vocational degree to be an office assistant, now I am looking for a new job because I just lost my job two weeks ago. I totally understand. Even America, who thinks they are the BIG DOGS of the world has many problems with employment. Not only that, but poverty, and in some place there are people who can't read...all of these factor into why the value of the American dollar is going down...thanks for an awesome topic that I can TOTALLY relate to.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
17 Jun 08
hello darkjedi, when bush gets off the office, no matter how great the next president is he will need a miracle to fix all the holes that bush administration causes. so it will take so many years before americans and other country will feel the change of it. i just hope that the "change" is the one sitting as he knows better than the "old" LOL takecare
• United States
17 Jun 08
I totally know what you mean...the next president is going to be left picking up the peices. Poor next President! Anyway, I think America sucks...no jobs...no money...no hope for the poor...and that's just my opinion, but remember...I am one of those poor.
• Philippines
21 Jun 08
It wouldn't make much of a difference who your prez will be. You need to know who the real enemies are. See here for more info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAcxGD6-c-E
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
17 Jun 08
hello dolce_vita, sorry to hear about what is going on out there, it is really sad coz it seems like that is the common trend now anywhere in the world. back here, we are losing a lot of job and foreclosures of home out here and it was too sad as i see a lot of family suffering big time. i just searched on the news the unemployment rate here and it shows that it increases 5.5% here is some part of the news The US unemployment rate rose at its fastest pace in more than two decades in May, stoking fears of recession in the world's biggest economy. you can see the rest of the news here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7440104.stm btw, because of this there are so many family here who dont have homes anymore according to our local news the foreclosure rate here gone up high 48% since last month (i think or last year) which is very high and whenever we are driving you can see a lot of "for sale" sign in their front and some signs has been there for almost a year now and no one is buying. too sad coz the mortgage company is not helping at all. anyway, i think like your country americans are having jobs right now that is not really what they do before and it is not paying half of what they used to and still they are doing it just to survive. like you, so many are wishing for the economy to catch up and make our people better. have a good one.
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
Thanks for sharing some important data...
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
18 Jun 08
you're very much welcome i hope that helps somehow in whatever way LOL takecare
• Indonesia
18 Jun 08
and also in Indonesia there is the problem of unempoyement. I think you also know it well. Many people of indonesia have to go to other county to get a job. My goverment should solve the problem but till in unemployement still a never ending story in my country.
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• Philippines
18 Jun 08
Many of my countrymen also go abroad to work. It's sad that we are losing the best of our skilled workers because of the terrible unemployment problem that our countries have...
@mclendon (308)
• United States
18 Jun 08
The US jobless rate is up to 5.5% from 5% in April and up from 4.5% a year ago. This is a fairly moderate jobless rate - not really so bad compared to 8% in the Phillipines. The US economy is large enough; however, that our wake rocks the rest of the world. Interest rates were cut a few times and many Americans got a special tax rebate, but interest rates will probably not be lowered again soon because of fears of inflation. Lowering interest rates can create inflation. The bad news is that we are probably in a recession, the good news is that most recessions last only 3 or 4 quarters. The worst recession we've had in the last 20 years was in 1991, I believe, and it lasted about 15 months before things started to turn around. I think we are approaching the turn around point. Saudi Arabia is supposed to be increasing their oil output and people are getting more interested in alternative fuel sources. Things will get better again.
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
I appreciate the data that you have shared.. I also do hope that things will get better again.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Hello dolce, I am also sad about that news and truly alarming considering the fact that all the basic commodities are now increasing. I know also we have several professional "kababayan" who can't find a good job, how much more the people who never had any certificate or diploma. I hope our officials will be able to come up with solutions and they will prioritize this issue.
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• Philippines
18 Jun 08
There are about 350,000 graduates every year and only a small fraction of this population get to land on a job. That is why some of them choose to work abroad...
@julyteen (13258)
• Davao, Philippines
17 Jun 08
we are both from the Philippines so i am aware of this problem, not only our country suffer this world of unemployment. the caused of this is the closure of so many firm because of higher operation expenses and unproductive employees or workers. Many year that no salary increase that caused the workers to go out and shout on the street for salary increase that many firm can't do. The options they can make: 1. grant salary increase but lay-offs of employees 2. no salary increase, all employees continues work. hard to choose if this situation arise.
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• Philippines
18 Jun 08
It's sad that companies only have those two options. Both are win-lose options.
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
17 Jun 08
Money and Money is always the problem. It's hard to look for a job when you were not graduated from college, undergraduate can look for a job but only for contractual basis. Not all company's are paying minimum salary. The wage of every Filipino is not enough to compensate their everyday needs. I am graduate of bachelor degree but I experienced a hard time looking for a job. Fortunately I am a working student before so I have an employment record and experience, that's a plus. The government or ours, no comment. I know some Filipino like you already knew about our primary problem about corruption and etc. Thanks for the posts.
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@92iqbal (121)
• India
16 Jul 08
the problem of unemployment is everywhere.no country is there on the globe that is not facing this problem. my country is also facing it seriously.it is very grave problem in undeveloped countries.my country is doing its best to solve this problem but it is the duty of every citizen that they help the governments to solve it. i wonder if there will ever come a day when people find work ,do it, earn a handsome living and come back their home at their will.
@inia_54 (176)
• Malaysia
16 Jul 08
Such scenario is happening all over the world. The worst affected are people from the third world countries. Unemployment in my country is rising too because many factories close down. So are business premises. The most affected is the price of food produce. The situatin is still under control but in could get worst if the country is becoming politically unstable. My government is taking many measures to help. However, the opposition party keep on provoking the minds people to rise against the government by telling that the problem is due to the weakness administration. I hope both parties i.e the government and the opposition could sit down and together finds ways and means to help in the spirit of cooperation. Economically I should say we are still ok. However, politically is can say the situation here is not healthy.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
15 Jul 08
Hello dear dolce_vita. I think that it is not the only problem in your country, but also one in our country. Ever since the nineties, we have had many workers laid off. It was really a hard time for those who were laid off. But after so many years, they have already learned how to survive by doing business or choose to work for some private factories or companies. Job chances are always open to those who strive and work hard, but more chances to those with skills in some fields. Government of our country is always encouraging and helping the laid off to get new jobs again to help support their life...
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
6 Jul 08
Hello dear dolce_vita. It is the global economical recession that has made quite a few businesses close their business thus the percentage of the laid employees. It is not just a problem in your country. It is obvious that it is a global one. Just this month, I got to know from the news that many companies in the east part of China, I mean, around the Yangtze Delta, some of the companies or businesses have to close because of the influence caused by recession. I am really so sorry for this, but I am hoping for the best that the economy nowadays around the world will be back to the good status that we expect...
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
21 Jun 08
3 million? That's a very alarming rate. :( I am Filipino too. I'm working in another country though. I've heard the prices have shot up too. :( Hopefully the administration attends to this problem. But then I know we've all been skeptical of the administration.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
19 Jun 08
it is there very much. but now for certain years due to IT boom, more industries, it is going a little better. in our country these days more jobs are created due to these.still its a huge problem.
@pau_79 (793)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
Hi dolce_vita, this isnt just happening in our country but even in US. I know someone who worked his whole life in a hospital that was shutdown by the US government, he said the hospital has 50 beds and the main reason is the recession in US. I guess every penny counts these days, its sad but reality is unemployment rate will just continue to rise....
@nikecold (91)
• India
18 Jun 08
As per you there is atlest small ratio, however we do have increasin one and really getting worst in our country in india. In 2000 ==== 9.2% In 2001 ==== 9.2% In 2002 ==== 10.5% In 2003 ==== 10.4% In 2004 ==== 10.1 (est) and currently not yet calculated. Govt. might be doing a lot but no one is sure about that whether they are taking any steps or not.
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
18 Jun 08
i think the unemployment problem here is not as bad as in my home country... but we still have people who are jobless here though... i am very fortunate that God blesses me and my hubby with a full time job and both of us can earn money together to pay for our bills, mortgages and daily expenses... we pray everyday that God will bless us with His grace and mercy to live a decent life in His ways... take care and have a nice day...
@kilani123 (865)
• United Arab Emirates
18 Jun 08
well dont ask , we have it here too and the government is doing nothing !!!!
• Nepal
18 Jun 08
We have also alot of unemplyment problem and government is also failed to solve that problem and due the political unstablity we are also too slow and unempoyment problem is going higher so most of the young people go far from their country I mean Nepal. Now political situation is on stablity and may in few year we will decrease the unemployment problem. Its my great hope and want to listen about your country too.
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
It is a sad reality we are facing in out times. Our country could not accommodate all of our young and employable people. I guess that's the reason why there are plenty of people trying to find work abroad because of this situation.
@shydeap (22)
• Philippines
18 Jun 08
its a reality thats why there are lots of crime happening in our country cause of unemployment problem, i think are government trying to solve this but their solution was not good enough,,,our govt. must think of another alternative solution.