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Jan '08

Number of World Unemployed Up by Five Million

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has predicted that the number of unemployed worldwide will increase by five million people this year. This increase has been caused by the disorderly credit market and global oil price increases. The new projection is a contrast compared to the situation in 2007.

At that time, growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached more than five percent and influenced global employment market stability. The indications were 45 million new job opportunities and only a small unemployment increase, with a total of 189.9 million unemployed throughout the world.

“The global employment situation this year is one of contrasts and uncertainty,” said Juan Somavia, ILO’s Director-General, in a press statement on the ILO Global Employment Trend Annual Report yesterday (23/1). While global growth is annually producing millions of new jobs, unemployment remains unacceptably high and this year may reach a level not seen before.

The ILO has recorded that around 487 million (16.4 percent) of total workers do not have incomes that can bring their families and them out of poverty limit of US$1 per person per day. In addition, there 1.3 billion workers (43.5 percent) still living on below US$2 per day per family. Open unemployment in Indonesia continued to rise from 6.1 percent in 2000 to 18.4 percent in 2006.

Half of Indonesia’s current population of 220 million has to live in poverty with an income of less than US$2 per day. In response to this matter, Rekson Silaban, Indonesian Prosperous Trade Union Confederation’s Chairman, stated the government must soon form an institution or a committee for overcoming unemployment problems in Indonesia.

“Because it’s confirmed that unemployment numbers will increase every year,” he said.

According to Rekson, now Indonesia has around 30 million unemployed people, including disguised-unemployment. “And around 2.5 new job seekers which are accumulating every year,” he said.

Sumber : (Poernomo G Ridho | Reh Atemalem S) TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta

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