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DOLE poll: Many of 2.4-M jobless in 2021 had resigned

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.

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