Returners from HCM City face difficulties finding jobs at home
  • | | September 21, 2021 09:05 AM
Many people are facing difficulties finding a job in their hometowns in the poor central highlands localities after returning from the southern region due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Harvesting coffee in Gia Lai Province

According to statistics from Gia Lai Provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, some 17,000 people have returned to the area from southern localities in recent months. Most of them have completed a quarantine period for Covid-19 prevention and have started seeking jobs.

Puih Bia, 21, returned home to Pleiku City in the Central Highlands Province of Gia Lai two months ago after her company suspended operations due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the southern Binh Duong Province. She has failed to find a job at home while her small savings are running out.

"I've contacted and sent applications to many companies here but some said that they had no plans to recruit more workers while the others told me to wait," Bia said." Many companies said that they even had to reduce the number of employees due to financial difficulties and shortages of orders caused by the pandemic".

H'Luong, 25, also returned home in Gia Lai Province's Grai District after losing their job in the Covid-19 epicentre of HCM City over a month ago. After completing a quarantine period for Covid-19 prevention, H’Luong contacted some acquaintances and firms in the area to seek a job but it seems not promising.

“I moved to HCM City to seek a better life a year ago because I had no farmland and nor good job opportunities here in my hometown," H'Luong shared. "But the virus outbreak forced me to return home as the cost of living in HCM City was too high. Now the situation here is even worse due to the pandemic. I can only hope that the pandemic will soon be brought under control so I can return to HCM City again."

In Gia Lai's neighbouring province Dak Lak, over 80,000 people of mostly working age have also returned from some southern provinces in recent months.

H'Nhip in Krong Ana said that she had worked at a garment company in Dong Nai Province for ten years before returning home in July following the virus outbreak.

"Dak Lak is also reporting more infections in recent days," she said. "There's little hope of a job here and I'm living on my savings but at least I don't have to pay the rent and the food here is also cheaper. I’ll return to Dong Nai to work when the pandemic is controlled."

According to a representative from Dak Lak Provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Tran Thi Minh Ly, there was now high demand for jobs in the area from people who have returned from southern localities.

"We’ve tried to connect with local firms and organise nine career fairs to help arrange jobs for these people but it is impossible to deal with this huge number," she said.

Meanwhile, authorities in Gia Lai Province expect that returning workers can find suitable jobs when the coffee harvesting season nears. The province has a total 80,000 hectares of coffee and is facing difficulties hiring temporary workers from other localities due to social distancing rules for Covid-19 prevention.

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