BANDUNG-President Joko Widodo asked West Java to improve the economy in order to create new jobs for the unemployed workforce.
Jokowi acknowledged that West Java is one of Jakarta's capital city supporter, has a strategic position and has strong economic linkages with economic growth up to 5.67 percent in 2016.
In response, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) admitted that the unemployment rate rose slightly by 8.8 percent in 2016 from 8.72 percent the previous year.
However, said the number one in West Java, at the same time the poverty rate has decreased. "So all the macro indicators are growing positively unless the unemployment rises," he told reporters after attending the plenary session of LKPJ Governor of West Java at the end of 2016 at the West Java Parliament building, Bandung, Tuesday Night (2/5/2017)
Aher confirms that all macro indicators in West Java in 2016 show a good development except in the unemployment rate.
"I think the unemployment rate is certainly a holistic cause, it can be external, it can be central policy, it can be provincial policy as well as regency / city policy, because the whole is united with each other," he explained.
"We will also conduct an evaluation because this is the first time because the previous years did not happen but at the same time in 2016, we get the highest growth rate in Java to beat Jakarta," he added.
Aher explained, the poverty rate in West Java in 2016 experienced a sharp decline. As for education also experienced a sharp increase. Evidently, the enrollment rate above 100% of junior high school reaches more than 98 percent and 62 percent of senior high school with a new count set by UNESCO.
"Once again our macro numbers go up, a slight decrease in the unemployment rate, hopefully the situation is not a trend, and in the first half of 2017 we can overcome by optimizing the investment," he explained.
Aher assess the condition is somewhat unique. Because, in 2016 West Java gets the highest investment in Indonesia that should be able to absorb unemployment
"It's rather unique, what's with investment, lest the investment in the capital-intensive sector and not labor-intensive," he explained.
According to him, the Provincial Government (Pemprov) of West Java in the future will examine the condition so that it can direct investments that are merely entering capital but not affecting the employment.
Meanwhile, related to the absorption of the budget, Aher asserts that all WTO can maximally absorb the budget because the highest budget absorption in West Java reaches 93.60 percent
"This has never existed in history, West Java highest among other provinces in Indonesia," he concluded. (MAT)