Bloomberg said the unemployment rate is due to structural variations rather than any difference in defining the term ‘unemployment’. It said the agricultural sector took up the bulk of the labor force, with more than 40 percent of the Thai population working in the fields, according to a Bank of Thailand spokesman, Chirathep Senivongs Na Ayudhya.
Another factor contributing to the low unemployment rate in Thailand, according to the article, is the country’s low fertility rate, which means older people– 60 or above–who are retired or no longer in the work force make up a large part of the country’s population. Other factors include unregistered foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, who have yet to be included in the employment data. Thailand has registered 1.6 million foreign workers since last year. – See more at: http://thainews.prd.go.th/CenterWeb/NewsEN/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNPOL5803050010006#sthash.medXSyie.dpuf