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Rising unemployment adds to Widodo's problems

Companies struggling amid weakest economic growth in 6 years, rupiah's slide to 17-year low

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About a third of the workforce is aged 15 to 29, a youth bulge that could bring Indonesia the sort of demographic dividend China and South Korea enjoyed a generation ago - but only if there are jobs for the two million people joining the workforce every year.

Jakarta

INDONESIAN companies are shedding jobs as they grapple with the weakest economic growth in six years, adding to the troubles facing President Joko Widodo, who was elected last year on pledges to dig the country out of a rut.

Government data might suggest no cause for alarm