Number of jobless persons increased to 764,400 in November

The implementation of CMCO has resulted in a small decrease in employment in the month, says chief statistician


MALAYSIA’S unemployment rate increased to 4.8% in November, bringing the total number of unemployed persons to 764,400, which is a marginal increase by 0.1% points from October.

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the implementation of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) resulted in a small decrease in employment. The unemployment rate was also slightly higher than in the previous month.

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 is defined as a person who is available for work and is actively looking for work, went up by 2.3%, registering 637,700 persons compared to 623,100 persons in the previous month.

“Likewise, the inactively unemployed or discouraged group, who believes there are no jobs available, increased by 1.3% to 126,700 persons (October 2020: 125,100 persons),” he said in a statement yesterday.

Elaborating on the employment situation, the chief statistician said the number of employed persons dropped by 11,000 persons to 15.2 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 and smallholders.

“Meanwhile, the number of persons outside the labour force went up by 0.4% (27,100 persons) to 7.37 million persons (October 2020: 7.35 million persons). Among others, the increase might be due to persons taking a break from job-seeking for family reasons.

“With the continuous uncertainty in the economic and health situations worldwide and in the country, softer labour demand might continue in December 2020,” he added.

He also noted that the labour supply will remain competitive in this challenging situation.

Meanwhile, Mohd Uzir said the country’s manufacturing sales grew 2.1% year-on-year (YoY) to RM119.9 billion in November 2020.

However, he said on a monthly basis, the sales value went down by 1.7%.

“The YoY increase in November 2020 was driven by transport equipment and other manufacture products (10.5%), electrical and electronics products (5.3%), and food, beverage and tobacco products (5.1%).

“The total number of employees engaged in the manufacturing sector in November 2020 was 2.2 million persons, a decrease of 2.2% compared to 2.25 million persons in November 2019,” he said in a separate statement.

Meanwhile, he added that salaries and wages paid, amounted to RM7.2 billion, decreased by 1.3% or RM91.8 million in November 2020 against the same month of the preceding year.

Simultaneously, Mohd Uzir noted that the sales value per employee rose by 4.5% YoY to RM54,599, while the overall average salaries and wages per employee in the sector was RM3,275 in November 2020.

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