Published July 1, 2020, 2:17 PM
By FORMER SENATOR ATTY. JOEY D. LINA
The surging figures on joblessness, made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, plagued with many uncertainties and still no end in sight, can be utterly distressing.
The Philippine Statistics Authority reported on June 5 that the number of jobless Filipinos ballooned to 7.3 million last April, up from 2.4 million in January and 2.3 million a year ago, for an all-time high of 17.7 percent jobless rate.
“This is a record high in the unemployment rate reflecting the effects of the economic shutdown to the Philippine labor market due to COVID-19,” according to National Statistician Claire Dennis Mapa who said the last time that the jobless rate was double-digit
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