Unemployment below 700,000, lowest since April 2020


THE number of unemployed in Nov 2021 has been reduced to below 700,000 persons for the first time, the lowest since April 2020, according to the Statistics of Labour Force report by Department of Statistics Malaysia.

Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the labour force situation in Nov 2021 held steady with continuing employment growth and reducing the number of unemployed persons as the revival of more economic and social activities has stimulated a positive vibe to the labour market.

He said Nov 2021 also saw another five states had moved into Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan except for Kelantan and Sarawak which were still in Phase 3.

“Additionally, the completed overall vaccination rate remained increasing while the number of daily Covid-19 cases continued to decline. These encouraging circumstances also had resulted in more traveling activities domestic and abroad during the month, hence influencing the labour market in Nov 2021.

“Employed persons in Nov 2021 continued to rise for four consecutive months with an increase of 0.4% month-on-month recording 15.61 million persons (October 2021: 15.55 million persons),” he said in a statement today.