The employment rate and working hours in the 4th quarter of 2022 in Thailand were similar to those before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released on March 3 by the country's National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).
Bangkok – The employment rate and working hours in the 4th quarter of 2022 in Thailand were similar to those before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released on March 3 by the country's National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).
During the period, 39.6 million people were employed, marking an increase of 1.5 per cent over the same period in the previous year. Employment in the non-agricultural sector increased by 3.9 per cent.
According to the report, recovery and expansion in the tourism industry boosted employment in hotels and restaurants as well as in wholesale and retail businesses.
Meanwhile, employment in the transport, storage, and manufacturing sectors increased as entrepreneurs remained optimistic about future economic prospects.
Employment in the agricultural sector fell by 3.4 per cent due to flooding in southern provinces and labour relocation. Working hours in the sector also increased while 6.3 million workers in the sector were reported to work overtime.
The report also pointed out that hidden unemployment and quasi-unemployment declined by more than 28 per cent and 19 per cent respectively. Thailand’s unemployment rate dropped from 1.23 per cent in the third quarter to 1.15 per cent in the 4th quarter of the last year, with some 460,000 people out of work.
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