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The Nature of Unemployment in Bali

Governor Pastika Examines the High Level of Joblessness Among College Graduates in Bali

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, unemployment, college graduates, cause of joblessness
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Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika, speaking at a public forum held at the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Saturday, November 26, 2011, depicted joblessness in Bali as “unemployment of the elite class.”

This elite class of unemployed, according to the Governor quoted in, is dominated by people holding college degrees.

Pastika blamed the high rate of joblessness among graduates on a desire to obtain employment as civil servants. In addition, the governor says college grads in Bali are much too selective in their search for employment.

Pastika accused new graduates of confusion in selecting a first job and cited an educational system the produces thousands of degree-holders of indeterminate quality. Asked Pastika: “Do they want to work as a taxi driver, or temporarily as a hairdresser, or even taking care of cattle? It’s unsure they would take such a job. A sniff of an unpleasant odor and they’re already feeling faint.”

Pastika used the occasion to repeat a favorite refrain that college graduates must be prepared to create work opportunities for themselves and not only look for job vacancies. 

Data from the provincial government of Bali estimates there are 65,000 unemployed people in Bali, 5% of which are college graduates.

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