Up to 2.7 million workers are expected to join Indonesia’s workforce next year as the country targets economic growth of 6.8 percent to 7.2 percent, a minister said on Thursday.
National Development Planning Minister Armida Alisjahbana said in Jakarta on Thursday that the government expected the workforce to expand by between 2.5 million and 2.7 million people in 2013.
“The unemployment figure, therefore, will decline to between 7.2 million and 7.4 million people,” Armida said during a working meeting with the House of Representatives’ Commission XI overseeing finance, banking and development planning.
Those figures represented between 5.8 and 6.1 percent of Indonesia’s labor force, better than the current rate of 6.3 percent.
Poverty was also expected to improve,
Armida further said that the poverty rate was expected to stand at between 9.5 and 10.5 percent next year, lower than this year’s target of between 10.5 and 11.5 percent.
“The poverty rate is projected to decline to between 9.5 and 10.5 percent, with the inflation rate expected to reach between 4.5 and 5.5 percent,” she said.
According to the World Bank, around 12.5 percent of Indonesia’s 240 million people are living below the poverty line, which the government defines as a monthly income of Rp 233,000 ($25). Some 38 percent are borderline poor.