Ho Chi Minh City is in need of some 150,000 workers in the remaining months of this year, notably skilled ones, according to the city’s Human Resource Forecast and Labour Market Information Centre.

More than 37,900 were registered as unemployed in the first half of this year, of which nearly 33,300 received unemployment benefits, said the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Nguyen Van Be, Chairman of the city’s Business Association, said the local labour market remains a paradox as the city has an abundant skilled labour force but few businesses are able to recruit those meeting their job requirements.

This was attributed to the lack of a close connection between training facilities and enterprises, he added.

The centre’s Deputy Director Tran Anh Tuan said the demand for labourers in the local market is growing in terms of quantity and quality, especially in the context of the country’s increasing integration into regional market.-VNA