Malaysia's Unemployment Rate Currently At 3.4 pct
New Straits Times (Online) : 29/11/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia employment rates are in good health, with a total employment of 14.67 million people, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib said the unemployment rate in Malaysia as of September 2017 stands at 3.4 percent or 504,100.
The figure is based on a workforce study conducted by the Department of Statistics.
"Among those unemployed, 131,600 are diploma holders while 37,250 are certificate holders and below," he said in a reply to Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (Pas-Kuala Nerus) during the Minister's Question and Answer (MQT) session.
Ismail said 270,330 job-seekers are registered with the JobsMalaysia portal as of September this year.
JobsMalaysia is a platform by the government that offers job seekers information to aid the job application process.
Among the registered job seekers, 187,551 (69.4 percent) are graduates while 82,779 (30.6 percent) are non-graduates.
Ismail noted that 223,167 job vacancies had been advertised by employers through the portal whereby the Manpower Department will match the workers with potential employers.
Among the highest sectors are vacancies in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
JobsMalaysia has been running outreach programmes through its JobsMalaysia Centres (JMC) since September 2012.
JMC has organised activities like open interviews and career carnivals, job placement programmes in collaboration with the private sector, holiday placements for university students, as well as organising special group placement programmes for vulnerable people such as single mothers, the disabled, former drug addicts, former convicts, the homeless and retirees.
As of last year, about 176,105 job seekers have secured placements through various programmes organised by the Manpower Department in Peninsular Malaysia. -- Additional reporting by Arfa Yunus