Party list representative Teodoro Casiño yesterday criticized the increase in joblessness in the country based on the results of a Social Weather Station August survey, published in BusinessWorld, a press release from his office said.
The survey showed 29.4 percent respondents saying they were unemployed, equivalent to 11.7 percent of Filipinos, compared to the government’s official figure of 7 percent, or 2.8 million.
SWS said this was a rise from the 26.6 percent who said they were jobless in a May survey, but lower than March’s 34.4 percent. Also the respondents in the latest survey represent 11.7 percent of all jobless Filipinos, the press release said.
President Benigno Aquino had earlier chided media as being “allergic” to good news at a gathering of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas.
Casiño said this fact should not be sugarcoated, otherwise, how can it be solved. The problem of increasing joblessness is very real and it cannot be ignored or just given a media spin.*