Foreword

The Current Labor Statistics is a quarterly publication of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that provides data users with timely, accurate and reliable data on the latest labor and employment statistics and macroeconomic statistics accompanied by data highlights.
This January 2018 CLS issue presents preliminary statistics of the October 2017 Labor Force Survey (LFS) as well as the final results of the April 2017 LFS.  
Also included in this issue are data on the indices of employment; minimum wage rates; indices of compensation; exchange rate; consumer price index; inflation rate; purchasing power of the peso; net inward foreign investments; gross national income (GNI), gross domestic product (GDP) and gross regional domestic product (GRDP); number of establishments; establishments’ employment; GDP real growth rates, inflation rates and unemployment rates in selected Asian countries; and comparative wages in Asian countries.
The PSA would like to thank the agencies where the data were secured, specifically, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the National Wages and Productivity Commission.  Equally deserving of our gratitude are the various offices of the PSA for their continuing support to this publication.
 
 
 
 
 
LISA GRACE S. BERSALES, PhD.
Undersecretary
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General
PHILIPPINE STATISTICS AUTHORITY
January 15, 2018