Thousands more workers in Bali furloughed in 2 months: Official

File photo of a scene at a local market in Bali. Photo: Pixabay
File photo of a scene at a local market in Bali. Photo: Pixabay

More than 3,000 workers in Bali were furloughed between August and September, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the province’s tourism-dominated economy. 

“We are expecting this number to continue rising as long as Bali’s economy is yet to recover,” Ida Bagus Ngurah Arda, who heads Bali’s Manpower Agency, told Bisnis yesterday.

The latest official data brings the total number of workers furloughed in Bali to 76,940, with 3,024 having reportedly been laid off during the pandemic. It’s likely that the numbers are much higher, as many informal workers may not have been accounted for. 

Meanwhile, 532 companies have shut down operations since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in Badung alone, according to the regency’s Industry and Manpower Agency.

“That’s based on our most recent data per July 27 … The total number of companies is 532, [including] restaurants and hotels,” agency head Ida Bagus Oka Dirga said.

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