Johor targets lower unemployment rate

Aminolhuda (third from right) looking at the training methods at Johor Skills Development Centre in Pasir Gudang after the meeting.

PASIR GUDANG: Johor aims to record a lower unemployment rate this year compared to 2018, which stands at 3.2%.

State Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said under Johor 2019 budget, the three main core areas were to resolve the rising cost of living, reforming administration and political institutions and encourage fair economic growth.

“The third can be realised by creating more high skills working opportunities. We target 35% to comprise the local workforce.

“The industrial sector has contributed 37% or RM43bil to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), which shows that Johor has diversified economic resources and not just focusin on one main sector,” he added.

Aminolhuda, who is also Parit Yaani assemblyman, said this in his speech during a meeting with industry players at Johor Skills Development Centre here.

He said the state’s economy was also expected to grow from a rate of 5% to 5.5%, which was better than the national rate.

He said taking into consideration the oil and gas project in Pengerang, which was expected to start soon, the government expected unemployment rate to show a major difference.

“We are hopeful unemployment rate in Johor will improve this year.

“The state government cannot drive the economy and provide jobs opportunities on its own.

“The best way is to strengthen public-private partnership network with industry players,” he said.

Aminolhuda said the partnerships had created 200,000 high skills employment opportunities.

He said this also contributed to the state’s development through sharing of experts, knowledge and real practices of the industry to the public.

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