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Malaysia – Unemployment rate down slightly in July

19 September 2019

Malaysia’s jobless rate stood at 3.3% in July 2019, down 0.1% when compared to July 2018, according to data published by the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

In July 2019 the number of unemployed accounted for 524,800 persons, an increase of 1.2% compared to the previous year and 0.7% compared to the previous month.

At the same time the total number of employed persons in Malaysia stood at approximately 15.18 million, an increase of 2.0% compared to the previous year and up 0.3% compared to the previous month.

Malaysia’s labour force participation rate in July 2019 recorded a decrease of 0.1% when compared to the same period last year and when compared to the previous month.

A total of 31.5% of the working age population (15-64 years) were outside the labour force which comprised of housewives, students, retirees and those not interested in work.

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