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Indonesia Budget Spending Starts to Dig Economy Out of Ditch

  • Third-quarter GDP data on Thursday forecast to show pickup
  • Government expects to spend most of budget after slow start
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Unemployed for much of 2015, Firman Agung now works for the Indonesian government, racing to dig a drainage ditch through his village before monsoon rains begin.

“It beats sitting around at home,” said the 32-year-old as he mixed cement under the shade of a mango tree in Pakuncen, a dusty farming village on the western end of Java island. “At least now I have something to bring home for my wife and child.”