Pandemic cuts jobs in middle class, World Bank says

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Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta ●
Thu July 1, 2021

The World Bank says the share of middle-class jobs in Indonesia has shrunk due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people are making ends meet in agriculture.

The bank defines middle-class jobs as those that allow people to afford a middle-class lifestyle that requires 3.75 million rupees (US $ 258) per month. The share of these jobs fell by 5.2 percentage points to 10.2% in August 2020 compared to the previous year.

“Indonesia’s structural transformation towards better quality jobs could be threatened if this trend is not reversed,” World Bank economist Maria Monica Wihardja said Wednesday at an online event.

“Although today’s jobs have largely succeeded in lifting Indonesians out of poverty, they are still not able to lead them into the middle class,” she noted, sharing a glimpse of a World Bank report published …

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