More Filipinos now in need of jobs, DOLE data shows

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos are now in need of jobs, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.

Data from the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) shows a four-fold growth in the number of jobseekers nationwide.

DOLE data recorded a total of 267,793 job applicants nationwide. The figure is four times higher than the 50,000 jobseekers posted five months ago.

The increase in the number of jobseekers was apparently due to the recent surge in the number of workers displaced as a result of the prevailing global financial crisis.

Based on the BLE data, the greater bulk or about 25,000 of the jobseekers are factory workers and production machine operators.

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