The country had 7.24 million people in the labor force in August 2012 compared to 7.7 million in August 2011, BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Friday.
The August 2012 unemployment rate was also lower than 6.32 percent seen in February this year, he said.
He said the number of job seekers in August 2012 rose by 670 thousand from August 2011. Meanwhile, the number of job seekers employed in August 2012 increased by 1.1 million compared with the same period last year.
"Agricultural, trade, public service and industrial sectors gave the biggest contributions to the creation of job opportunities in Indonesia," he said.
Compared to August 2011, almost all sectors, except agricultural, trade, and transportation, warehousing and communication sectors recorded an increase in the number of people employed in August 2012, he said.
The number of job seekers employed in the agricultural sector fell by 1.14 percent or 450,000, the trade sector 1.07 percent or 250,000, the transportation, warehousing and communication sector 1.57 percent or 80,000, he said.(*)