By Yose Rizal
Banjarbaru, (Antaranews, South Kalimantan) - South Kalimantan Provincial Government Secretary M Arsyadi said the unemployment rate in 2013 decreased significantly.
"The decline in unemployment rate significantly from 4.32 percent in 2012 to 3.91 percent until mid-2013," he said in Banjarbaru on Saturday, while representing South Kalimantan Governor Rudy Ariffin at the colloquium and Indonesian Workers (TKI) expo courses in the field Murjani Banjarbaru attended by hundreds of migrant workers.
According to the South Kalimantan Central Agency of Statistics (BPS), the local labor force in the province until February 2013 reached 1,937,493 workers or an increase of 2.65 per cent. Meanwhile, residents who work in February 2013 increased 55.707 people from 1,805,941 in 2012 to 1,861,648 people thus lowering the unemployment rate.
He said, the conditions of employment in South Kalimantan is still dominated by workers employed in the informal sector who absorb 62.81 percent, while the formal sector absorbs 37.19 per cent of workers.
"Employment data and the decline in unemployment is encouraging, brings great hope for the availability of adequate employment so as to increase the welfare of the people of South Kalimantan," he said.
Nonetheless, matters relating to unemployment, the quality of the labor force and employment still need to get more serious attention from all stakeholders.
"We hope the job market is able to absorb labor in South Kalimantan especially job prepared for as many as 1,500 to 2,000 people in addition to job openings from Disnakertran South Kalimantan," he said.