Total jobs in economic sector were lower by 0.4 per cent to 8.35 million in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21), according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
In the Employment Statistics Second Quarter 2021, DOSM that in comparison with the previous quarter, total jobs decreased further by 0.9 per cent (Q1 2021: -0.4%) indicating uneven recovery momentum in labour demand following the impact of prolonged health crisis and containment measures imposed since March 2020.
“Overall labour demand in economic sector in this quarter remained on a declining trend as business operations had yet to be fully resumed in normalcy following of the current public health crisis situation.” chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Uzir Mahidin said in a statement today.
The number of job vacancies remained lower than an average of 200 thousand job vacancies recorded during the pre-crisis period. Both rates of filled jobs and job vacancies during the quarter remained at 97.9 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively.
“Almost all sectors indicated a downward trend except for Manufacturing sector which posted an increase of 0.9 per cent (Q1 2021: -0.1%) to register 2.16 million jobs.,” he added.
More than half of filled jobs were concentrated in the Services sector (52.4%), followed by Manufacturing (26.4%) and Construction (14.9%). The remaining of 6.3 per cent were in Agriculture and Mining & Quarrying sectors. From the viewpoint of skill category, filled jobs for both semi-skilled (-0.4%) and low-skilled (-2.0%) occupation categories declined while skilled jobs (0.1%) increased marginally as compared to Q2 2020.
“The number of jobs created increased by 18.3 per cent recording 16.2 thousand jobs as compared to the same quarter of the previous year (Q2 2020: 13.7 thousand). For the record, number of jobs created in Q2 2020 was the lowest registered since the series began in 2015.” Dr Mohd Uzir explained.
Nevertheless, he said the ongoing economic stimulus packages and initiatives implemented by the government may ease the burden of businesses and subsequently enable employment to be retained in the economy. — TMR