March 2015
Est. 2002

No need to Restore Happiness in Thailand : Its already there!

Apparently, the military appointed government of Thailand led by general Prayut doesn't need to worry too much about "restoring happiness" in the country : it's already there.

The "restore  happiness" team is welcoming a new addition : Bloomberg News. Thanks to Bloomberg economists, we are now aware that Thailand is the "happiest", or less miserable economy in the world.

Inflation and unemployment, two factors that make consumers unhappy, are remarkably low in the 15 countries shown below, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. While the Swiss National Bank attracted some tumultuous headlines earlier this year, the haven of ski slopes and chocolates still outshines its peers in the survey as a consumer-friendly place to live.

Yes Thailand is above Switzerland, and that is due to a large extent to its very low (0.56%, the lowest in the world, mind you) unemployment rate.

Why is Thailand's Unemployment Rate so Ridiculously Low ?

0.56 percent. That's Thailand's official unemployment rate as of end-2014. It's among the lowest in the world, and compares with 9.4 percent in India and 6 percent in the Philippines in the region.

This is not a recent phenomenon: Thailand's jobless rate has held below 1 percent for the most part since 2011. The record high was 5.73 percent in Jan. 2001, when the National Statistical Office first began releasing the data every month. How did it get so low?

"Our unemployment rate has been low not because of a different definition from other countries, but because of structural problems,'' said Bank of Thailand spokesman Chirathep Senivongs Na Ayudhya. "The agricultural sector absorbs laborers and those who can't find work can always look for jobs in the informal sector or do something on their own.''

So your can read further an other story of Bloomberg giving much more realistic insights about this Thailand's Unemployment Rate is a Ridiculously Low 0.6%. Here's Why

More than 40 percent of Thailand's population is engaged in agriculture, where there is a high degree of underemployment and off-season unemployment. The underemployed are counted among the employed and make up about 0.5 percent of that total.

If, for instance, you lose your job as a bank teller and return home and lend a hand at your dad's farm for at least one hour a week, you are considered as employed.

via The 15 Happiest Economies in the World - Bloomberg Business.


Source: Bloomberg and

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