The National Development Planning minister said on Thursday that about 9.4 million jobs had been created under the leadership of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, of which 2.99 million were created this year.
Bambang Brodjonegoro, who is also head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), expressed his optimism that the President would achieve the 10 million jobs he had promised during his five-year term, adding that 2 million jobs were expected to be created next year with a gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection of 5.3 percent.
“This means that the Nawa Cita‘s (nine development goals) job creation target will be achieved, as we only need 600,000 more jobs,” he said at a discussion.
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recently announced that it had recorded an unemployment rate of 5.34 percent and about 7 million job seekers in August, a decline of about 40,000 job seekers from August 2017.
It also recorded a national workforce of 131.01 million, an increase of 2.95 million compared to August 2017. The employed population was 124.01 million, or a year-on-year increase of 2.22 million people.
Meanwhile, the informal sector contributed 56.84 percent of total available jobs, or a year-on-year decline of 0.19 percent.
The hospitality industry’s food and beverage sector recorded the greatest increase in its contribution to the job market at 0.47 percentage points (pp), followed by the manufacturing (0.21 pp) and transportation (0.17 pp) sectors.
In contrast, the agriculture sector’s contribution declined by 0.89 pp, followed by the service sector (0.11 pp) and the education sector (0.05 pp). (bbn)