Myanmar sends 5 overseas workers, creates 17,332 local jobs during pandemic


Myanmar has sent five workers to work in South Korea legally in August amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. However, the workers need to pay K200,000 (US$147) for COVID-19 test at the National Health Laboratory. South Korea is giving those workers who have at least 4 to 10 years of work experience priority. The Myanmar government has also given the second priority to send overseas workers to their work destinations. Those citizens who need urgent medical treatment abroad are given first priority, though.
Besides, the government has created job opportunities for 17,332 domestic job seekers in some regions in August. Among the most popular areas, the commercial city of Yangon was ranked first with 9,983 new employees, followed by Bago Region with 2,349 and Mandalay Region with 992, Ayeyawady Region with 934, Magway Region with 659, Sagaing Region with 530 and Taninthayi Region with 289.
Among the states, a total of 476 job hunters took jobs in Shan State while 327 others seized employment opportunities in Kayin State, 221 in Mon State, 122 in Kachin State, 92 in Kayah State, 91 in Chin State and 44 in Rakhine State. The Nay Pyi Taw council area offered jobs to 211 people in August. Last year, over 300,000 Myanmar nationals went to work abroad for lack of jobs in the country. Concerted efforts are being made by the ministry to create more employment opportunities for both domestic and overseas job seekers through a new online labour exchange management system, which serves as a bridge between the employers and the employees.—GNLM (Translated by Hay Mar)

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