Jayapura, Jubi – The unemployment rate in Papua province in August reached 57,000 or about 3,44 percent of the labour force, an increase of 3.15 per cent from last year.
“The unemployment rate dropped by 1,135 but if compared to the last August 2013, it adds 6,867 people. In regards to this issue, the Open Unemployment Rate (TPT) in general increase from 3,15 percent in August 2013 to 3,44% in August 2014,” the Head of Papua Central Statistic Bureau, Didik Koesbianto told reporters in Jayapura on Wednesday (5/11).
However, he revealed in general the working population in Papua in August has decreased for the last six months, specifically in the plantation and trade sectors. However, the employment structure in Province Papua until August 2014 has not changed. The plantation sector is still the largest contributor to absorb the employment.
“In August 2014, it recorded the employment number at this sector is 70,58 percent of the labour force number,” he said. In addition, he said the activities of working population could simply identified based on their job status as formal or informal workers.
“Based on this identification, in August 2014, there are 280,222 people (17,32%) who work in the formal sector and 1,337,215 people (82,67%) work in informal sector. And among 1,617,437 workers in August 2014, 633,152 (39,15) are unpaid workers, 468,324 (28,95%) are outsourcing labours, 266,919 (16,50%) are labours/employees and 209,814 (12,97) are self-employments,” Koebianto said.
Earlier, the Head of Manpower and Population of Province Papua, Yan Piet Rawar said every year the unemployment rate in Papua is increase, and in 2014 its percentage reach to 6 percent because the population number is increase every year. In order to resolve the unemployment issue, the Provincial Government of Papua plans to issue the Papua Skill Card (KPT) for the high school students and graduate.
“We knew that every year the unemployment rate in Papua is increase up to six percent. Therefore we are planning to issue the Papua Skill Card to reduce the unemployment rate,” said Rawar. (Alexander Loen/rom)