Two economic websites have released findings showing that Thailand is among the top countries in the world with the lowest unemployment rate.
In his national address on 29 June 2018, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha quoted the websites, Trading Economics.com and Index Mundi.com, stating that Thailand was ranked fourth, with the unemployment rate at only 1.2 percent out of the population of about 67 million. The survey was conducted among 215 countries worldwide.
The Prime Minister cited the report as good news, which was a result of the Government’s efforts to control the unemployment rate at an appropriate level by promoting job creation and easier access to employment.
For instance, he said, the Government has established employment service centers across the country. It has also organized job bazaars and encouraged workplaces to employ older persons, people with disabilities, and students. Moreover, employment counseling service has been offered, as well as job placement service on mobile phones through “Smart Job Application.”
The Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Labor to seriously ease the unemployment situation. In this regard, new graduates should be able to find jobs soon after their graduation. Supplementary occupations have also been promoted, in addition to principal occupations, so that people would be able to earn more income for themselves and their families.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government is preparing a workforce for the future, as Thailand is becoming an aging society. The preparation is also in line with national development in accordance with the 20-year National Strategy.
As for education, he said, a dual education system has been arranged allowing vocational students to receive job training at workplaces. Students who won contests for their innovations will be listed, and their innovations will be developed further for production.
More skilled workers will be produced for the 10 target industries in the Eastern Economic Corridor. Thai labor standards in various fields have been set and skill standard tests have been conducted, so that workers will receive wages based on their ability.