KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 14): The unemployment rate in Malaysia dropped 0.3% to 4.8% in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21), compared with 5.1% recorded for the corresponding period last year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said Labuan and Sabah recorded an unemployment rate of more than 8%, namely at 8.8% and 8.7% respectively.
“This shows that out of a 100 labour force in the states, nine of them were unemployed,” he said in response to a question from Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakob (Umno-Machang) who wanted to know about the country’s unemployment rate up until August this year.
Saravanan said for the same period, Perlis recorded an unemployment rate of 5.3%, while six states recorded an unemployment rate of more than 4%, namely Kelantan (4.8%), Kuala Lumpur (4.7%), Perak, Selangor and Sarawak (4.4% each) and Terengganu at 4.2%.
“Six states, namely Kedah, Penang, Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, recorded unemployment rates of between 3.5% and 3.9%.
“The lowest unemployment rate was recorded in Putrajaya at 1.7%. This can be attributed to high involvement of residents in the area in the civil service,” he said.
Saravanan said there were seven states with unemployment rates of below 4%, reflecting that their economy was operating at the full employment level.
At the same time, a decline in the number of unemployed persons was recorded in seven states, namely Sabah, Perak, Sarawak, Kedah, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya, he said.
He added that although Selangor recorded the highest increase in the number of employed persons, the number of unemployed in the state also rose by 2.3% or 3,700 people from 161,000 to 165,000 people.
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