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The many roads to job creation

  • Dimas Muhamad

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Jakarta   /   Fri, July 10, 2020   /  09:16 am
The many roads to job creation On the hunt: Job seekers crowd the Education and Career Fair at the Smesco building in Jakarta on Feb. 14, 2014. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is projected to increase the unemployment rate by 5.5 million people this year. (JP/Nurhayati)

“If there are people giving out food packages, I’ll chase them down.” That is how Fahmi — who recently lost his job and was forced to live in the alley of Tanah Abang Market — is coping with the post-COVID-19 reality. Fahmi is not alone. According to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), around 4 million more Indonesians will be unemployed due to the pandemic. While flattening the curve must be our utmost priority, we cannot shrug off the devastating economic hardships that many are struggling with. The government is undertaking various efforts to tackle this predicament, including the job creation omnibus bill and the preemployment card program, both of which are now mired in controversy. Instead of being embroiled in internecine name-calling, we need to expand our horizon and explore other policy avenues. For some, the alternative i...

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