Almost half of all Malaysians can be gainfully employed

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Nov 2017: 

The labour force in Malaysia has reached 15 million from the country’s population of 32 million, said chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin.

For the third quarter of this year, he said there was an increase of 69,200 in the working population from the previous quarter.

The total of women’s workforce had increased to 5.76 million in the third quarter from 5.72 million in the second quarter, while the unemployment rate remained at 3.4% with 516,200 people, he said in a statement on the main statistics of the labour force for the third quarter of 2017 released yesterday.

According to the statistics, seven million or 32% of the people within working age  were not in the workforce – as they were either still studying, working from home, had taken early retirement, disabled or simply  not interested to work.

– Bernama

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