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The Pandemic Makes Many Young People Unemployed


JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded an increase in the unemployment rate during the Covid-19 pandemic. The biggest increase occurred in people of productive age, aka young people.

Head of BPS Margo Yuwono revealed that the increase in the open unemployment rate (TPT) occurred in residents aged 20-24 years and 25-29 years.

“Unemployment due to the pandemic that has become a record is that unemployment at a young age is quite high,” said Margo at a Working Meeting with Commission XI of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Monday (30/8/2021).

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BPS reported that unemployment at the age of 20-24 years increased by 3.36 percent from 17.66 percent in February 2020 to 14.3 percent in February 2021.

Meanwhile, unemployment aged 25.29 years increased by 2.26 percentage points from 7.01 percent in February 2020 to 9.27 percent in February 2021.

Residents of other ages have a relatively smaller portion. The unemployment rate for the population aged 30-34 years is 4.94 percent, aged 35-39 is 3.74 percent, aged 40-44 is 3.55 percent, and the age 44-49 is 3.27 percent.

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“Meanwhile, when viewed from the position of education, high school education and college graduates (the most are unemployed). If unemployment with a good education usually demands a lot, this is a social issue that we have to think about,” he said.

The increase in the open unemployment rate affects the poverty rate. The poor population increased from 9.78 percent to 10.14 percent. Meanwhile, the extreme poor will increase from 3.8 percent in 2020 to 4 percent in 2021.

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According to global standards, extreme poverty is defined as people with an income of less than US$1.9 per day.

“An important note to note is that extreme poverty is increasing. The distribution of extreme poverty occurs on the island of Java. West Java, East Java, and Central Java have very high extreme poverty,” concluded Margo.

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