Indonesia's recovery: employment optimism or statistical illusion

The second in a series of Occasional Discussion Papers launched by the ILO Jakarta Office in the Spring of 1999 to assist Indonesia with ideas and analysis which could contribute to its uphill task of recovery from the socially devastating financial crisis.

The paper cautions readers not to rejoice at the rather deceivingly low officially available unemployment statistics (5 million unemployed) as nearly 10 million additional unemployed workers remain totally unaccounted for in this figure.