Thailand’s unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low of below 1% in February, owing to government efforts to maintain job security and income generation for the public during the pandemic.
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul, only 360,000 people were without a job in February. The National Statistical Office of Thailand reported that the figure covers 58.81 million Thai citizens aged 15 and above, but excludes housewives, people with disabilities and students, among others.
The deputy spokesperson attributed the low unemployment rate to policies implemented by the administration of Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The policies aimed to help the general public stay employed and generate income through various measures. Maintaining employment rates, particularly during the pandemic, is widely considered a positive development as it indicates that the nation’s economy has remained relatively stable despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. (NNT)