Painan (ANTARA) – The Pesisir Selatan Regency Government, West Sumatra, revealed that the trend of open unemployment in the area has continued to decline since the last two years.
Rusma Regent Yul Anwar said the downward trend was in line with the district government’s target to improve people’s welfare through expanding job opportunities and facilitating business opportunities.
“Because it is impossible for welfare to be realized without working or trying,” said the regent in Painan.
Based on data released by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in March this year, the Pesisir Selatan open unemployment rate in 2021 was recorded at only 13,516 people out of more than 226 thousand of the total workforce.
The achievement in 2021 was confirmed to be lower when compared to the 2019 and 2020 periods, with 13,770 people and 15,309 people, respectively, not even affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Regent continued that the Pesisir Selatan open unemployment rate throughout 2021 was only 5.29 percent or lower than the 7 percent set in the RPJMD.
“Then it is also below the provincial average which in 2021 is more than 6 percent,” explained the regent.
The Regent emphasized that efforts to suppress the open unemployment rate did not stop there, the district government continued to seek new job opportunities and business opportunities based on local commodities.
The district government is currently building an essentials center in Lunang District, worth more than Rp. 14 billion. Its existence in addition to absorbing labor also opens up new business opportunities.
Then develop regional tourism potential. Derived tourism industries such as hotels, trade and restaurants will automatically absorb labor and at the same time open up business opportunities.
The district government targets the tourism sector to be able to absorb at least 7,000 local workers by 2026, with a creative business turnover of IDR 50 billion.
In addition to facilitating the workforce with various skills through the Job Training Center (BLK) organized by the Department of Manpower Cooperatives and MSMEs, so that they have competitiveness as needed.
“The training that we organize follows the demand for manpower, both domestically and abroad,” said the regent.