Job creation in Indonesia is starting to improve, and this can be seen from the increasing working population
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah pointed to an improvement in job creation in Indonesia in 2021 in line with an increase in the number of members of the working population as compared to last year.

"Job creation in Indonesia is starting to improve, and this can be seen from the increasing working population," the minister stated during a working meeting with Commission IX of House of Representatives on Monday.

Based on data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), members of the working population in August 2021 had reached 131.05 million people, an increase from 128.45 million as compared to the corresponding month last year.

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Taking into account those who work, the number of formal workers has increased, from 50.77 million people in August 2020 to 53.14 million in August 2021.

Likewise, the number of informal workers increased, from 77.68 million people last year to 77.91 million in August 2021.

Fauziyah specifically highlighted the increase in the number of informal workers during the pandemic, with the proportion in August 2019 reaching 55.88 percent of the total working population and growing to 60.47 percent in August 2020. However, a decline occurred in August 2021 to 59.45 percent.

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"Along with the economic recovery, we can see there was a decrease in August 2021 as compared to August 2020, with the percentage of our informal workers falling, from 60.47 percent to 59.45 percent," she noted.

The open unemployment rate also slid, from 7.07 percent in August 2020 to 6.49 percent as of August 2021.

On the other hand, Fauziyah also noted that workers, with junior high school education and below, still constituted the majority of the working population, covering 55.45 percent in August 2021.

Meanwhile, workers, with high school and vocational education, reached 31.73 percent, and those with diploma and university degree, at 12.82 percent, she noted.

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