Every year, universities in Indonesia producing millions of graduates. Most of them are not absorbed by the labor market and the unemployed. Professor of Faculty of Economics, University of Islam Indonesia (UII) in Yogyakarta Edy Suandi Hamid said the data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) 2015 Unemployment Rate (TPT) in Indonesia in August 2015 retracing of 7.56 million people.
This figure is equivalent to 6.18 percent of the total 122.4 million labor force. “That number has increased compared to TPT February 2015 amounted to 5.81 percent and TPT in August 2014 amounted to 5.94 per cent. About 600 thousand unemployed college graduates open either a diploma or a bachelor,” he said. According to Edy, open unemployment and passed college is still relatively a lot of the work force in Indonesia. It shows the employment of college graduates tend to be slow so fertilize labeled unemployed graduates.
“The number of the unemployed may be due to lack of competence and lack of soft skills possessed by candidates for employment so that the allocation of jobs are not fully met. It is also still attached to the mentality to look for work rather than create their own jobs,” he said. In the world of work, he said, college graduates did not have to apply for employment, but also can be an entrepreneur. “By becoming entrepreneurs, but will contribute to the development of the nation also has a precious value and be able to create jobs,” said Chairman of the Association of Private Universities of Indonesia.