THE Social Security Organisation has set up centres all over Johor to help people find jobs, says state youth, sports, entrepreneur development, cooperatives and human resources committee chairman Mohd Hairi Mad Shah.
“Socso has set up the MYFutureJobs satellite centre with strategic cooperation from government agencies and departments,” he said in his speech during the state assembly sitting in Kota Iskandar.
“The satellite centre aims to help job seekers, especially those in the outskirts and village areas, find employment.
“The centre also helps by giving them access to computers with a stable Internet connection and a comfortable space for them to carry out their job search,” said Mohd Hairi.
According to him, there are currently 21 such centres statewide.
He said that more than 7,000 people in Johor lost their jobs in the first three months of this year, and of that number, 202 were between the ages of 15 and 30.
“Based on data from the Statistics Department, a total of 600,500 people were unemployed in Malaysia during the fourth quarter of last year, bringing the rate of unemployment to 3.6%.
“In Johor, the unemployment rate stands at 2.5%,” he added.
On a separate matter, Mohd Hairi said Unit Strategik Modal Insan Johor (SMI) was conducting a study with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on manpower demand in Johor.
“The data on actual manpower needs will allow the relevant agencies and ministries to come out with a comprehensive plan and policy that is also investor-friendly.
“SMI has also set up a committee that acts as a platform for the sharing and collection of data on available jobs and the skills required,” he said.