Statistics Department predicts more robust employment rate this year after gradual recovery in 2021 | Malaysia

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People wearing protective masks shop for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on April 21, 2022. — Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 – Malaysia’s labor force has indicated a gradual recovery in 2021 with a better situation expected in 2022, Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said.

He said Malaysia’s labor force, which included employed and unemployed people, increased slightly by 0.8 percent to 15.8 million people last year from 15.7 million in 2020.

“The number of people employed increased by 0.7% to 15.1 million in 2021 compared to the previous year.

“The reopening of more economic and social activities has encouraged inactive groups to enter the labor force, either to be employed or to seek employment,” he said in a statement. released today after the release of the annual labor force statistics, Malaysia. , 2021 report.

Mohd Uzir said the majority of employed people in 2021 belonged to the semi-skilled professions category which accounted for 57.7% or 8.7 million of the total number of employed people in 2021, followed by the skilled category with 29.6 % (4.5 million) while the low-skilled category accounted for 12.7% (1.9 million).

In terms of employment status, he said the employee category made up the largest share of employed people at 78.5% in 2021, with the number of employed people in the category seeing a year-on-year increase. another 2.3% to 11.8 million. 11.6 million in 2020.

The category of own-account workers accounted for 14.8%, falling to 2.2 million people in 2021, he added.

“As the pandemic dragged on into 2021, many businesses, especially small and micro businesses, were affected due to multiple restrictions implemented in some high-risk areas,” he said.

Regarding the unemployment rate in 2021, he said there was a slight increase from 0.1% to 4.6%, with the number of unemployed increasing from 733,000 to 711,000 in 2020.

He said the states that recorded unemployment rates higher than the national level were Sabah (8.2%), Federal Territory of Labuan (7.4%) and Perak (5.3%), while Putrajaya (1.6%), Melaka (2.0%). ) and Pahang (3.3%) had the lowest unemployment rates in 2021.

Regarding the overall labor situation, Mohd Uzir said that the national labor market is on the road to recovery with continuous improvement since last January, following the transition of the whole country to the fourth phase. of the National Recovery Plan.

“These positive developments can contribute to hiring more employees and creating new jobs, thus giving impetus to economic growth. Therefore, the Malaysian labor market is expected to accelerate recovery momentum in the near future as the economy continues to improve,” he added. — Bernama

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