Labour report: Unemployment rate remains below 4%


KUALA LUMPUR: The unemployment rate in the country has remained below 4% as of September – at 3.5%, or 504,100 unemployed individuals, the Dewan Rakyat heard today.

Citing the labour report of the Department of Statistics, Deputy Human Resource Minister Ismail Abd Muttalib said the unemployment rate was stable, with an active workforce of 14.67 million.

“The report said the number of active job seekers registered with Job Portal Malaysia as of September was 270,330,” he said.

He was replying to Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (PAS-Kuala Nerus), who wanted to know the number of unemployed graduates and the job vacancies or occupations according to academic qualification and job sectors.

Ismail said a total of 131,600 job-seekers had a diploma or higher qualification, and 37,250 had a Certificate of Higher Education (STPM) or below.

There were 223,167 vacancies advertised by employers through Job Portal Malaysia, with the highest number in manufacturing followed by agriculture, forestry and fisheries, services, administration and support services, civil engineering, accounting, mechanical engineering, information technology and computer science.