by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
MALAYSIA’S unemployment rate increased marginally by 0.1% points from the previous month to 4.8% in November 2020 with 764,400 unemployed persons, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the Conditional Movement Control Order implemented during the month, which saw interstate travel ban and economic activities continuing to operate with adherence to strict standard operating procedures, resulted in a small decrease in employment while the unemployment rate was slightly higher compared with the previous month.
“Among others, this may be due to job losses and cancellation or freezing of new hires,” he said in a statement today.
Mohd Uzir said the number of unemployed persons went up by 2.2% or 16,200 persons to 764,400 in November compared to 748,200 persons in October last year.
He added that the actively unemployed which defined as persons who were available for work and were actively looking for work, went up by 2.3% registering 637,700 thousand persons compared to 623,100 thousand persons.
“Likewise, the inactively unemployed or discouraged group who believed there were no jobs available increased by 1.3% to 126,700 persons (October 2020: 125,100 persons),” he noted.
Elaborating on the employment situation, the chief statistician said the number of employed persons dropped by 11,000 persons to 15.20 million persons in November (October 2020: 15.21 million persons) after recording an upward trend for five consecutive months.
“During the month under review, those in the employees category increased by 0.2% (19,600 persons) to 11.78 million persons. In contrast, own-account workers dropped by 0.6% to 2.41 million persons,” he said.
He added that this group comprised mostly of daily wage earners working at farmers’ markets, night markets and stalls, freelancers, as well as smallholders.