• Employment rate by sector and nature of employment

The total number of the members of the labor force of the municipality based on CBMS 2017 Survey is 4,295 aggregated into 2,786 males and 1,509 females. Out of this number, the employed members of the labor force which could either be self-employed or hired is 3,939 or 91.71% of the total members. Employment rate in female members are quite high compare to males. The proportion of employed female members of the labor force is 92.38% while the male is 91.35% as reflected in table 3.11.5ai. Of the eleven barangays, the top three barangays with highest number of employed members of the labor force with are Buenavista with 96.49 employment rate, followed by Ipil (96.46%) and Maradiona (94.71%).

The employment by type of economic activity generally derived from municipal operating units and those who are self-employed according to their nature of economic activity is reflected in Table 3.11.5aii. It cane be notice that the top three (3) most employed economic activities within the municipality is agriculture, fishing and household services. Based on the data, 82% of the total employment generally derived from municipal operating units belongs to agriculture or the primary sector while the remaining 16% and 2% comes from the secondary and services sectors. Although decreasing, still the data revels that agriculture is still the primary driver of economy of the municipality. To aid a better analysis, for the changes in share in employment of each economic activity to the number of employed persons in the locality for both year 2016 and year 2017 a pie chart are presented.

With regards to the nature of employment, mostly are short-term, seasonal or casual with a proportion of 87.76%. This cannot be denied considering that the economy of Belison is dominantly agricultural-based. Mostly of the available jobs are short-term and seasonal in nature such as rice-planting and harvesting, fishing and carpentry for males. With regards to female-oriented jobs available in the municipality mostly are housekeeping-related such as laundry and ironing, child caregiving and house maids.

  • Number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)

Belison is known for its Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs who make up for one of the largest group of expat workers in the world.  They are a number of population of the municipality who leave their homes and families behind to migrate and seek employment abroad, who capitalize on the opportunity to move more freely in a globalized world, but large amounts of their higher incomes flow back to their families in the form of remittances. OFW remittances are significant source of human capital development of the municipality for the past years since remittances grows straight to households, to relatives, families and friends that use them to better their lives, to finance food, shelter, education, entrepreneurial pursuits and technology transfers. The OFWs has an important role of promoting inclusive growth or economic growth that trickles down to the masses. As per result of CBMS survey in 2017, the total number of OFWs in the municipality is 619, composed of 361 males and 258 females. They constitute the 8.7% of the employment rate of the municipality. Their remittances had remained as an important source of investments in the municipality and still provide the growth that matters most in the lives of Belisongnons.