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Unemployment in the country still manageable [21-03-2012]  
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Only 3.1% of the population in this country are jobless and the percentage is manageable.

Human Resources deputy Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan said studies also indicated that if the unemployment rate is below 4% at any one time in any country, the situation is normal as there are fresh graduates, school leavers and other groups who are in the position of thinking of where to go and what to do in their life.

Maznah added that there are scores of them who are still undecisive on what would be the best jobs for them while some other have quit from their jobs and are looking for other opportunities to earn more.

She said however, the graduates are the lots which the Government is concerned about and will create jobs opportunities in time to come, apart from providing the skills training for them to be absorbed as the skilled workforce.

“There are some 40,000 employers who are looking for the new batches of workers to work with them and most need skilled employees.

“Some 300,000 jobs opportunities are yet to be filled, which also indicates that, the unemployment rate in this country are not alarming and in time to come, the rate would be reduced,” she said.

The Deputy minister commented on this after the Human Resources Ministry officially had received the greenlight to manage the Mini Stadium in Muadzam Shah from the Youth and Sports Ministry here.

The mini stadium would be occupied as the branch of the Industrial Training Institute in Pahang, where its main office is in Gebeng, Kuantan.

Maznah said it was timely for the mini stadium to be turned as the skills training centre to provide more opportunities for the youths, particularly those who live surrounding Muadzam Shah.

“We also have been allocated RM5mil to upgrade this stadium to provide more classes and spaces for the 80 types of courses to be held here.

“The courses would include the short, medium and long term-courses whereby, the short-term courses will only need a few days for the participants to complete,” she said.

Maznah added that sports and recreational activities would still being carried out in the stadium.

“The Youth and Sports Ministry’s programmes would run as usual and the Human Resources Ministry would only be upgrading the facilities and infrastructure in this complex to make way for the skilled courses to be held,” she said.

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