Chief statistician: Covid-19’s impact on unemployment to be seen starting in March’s numbers

Commuters wearing face masks are pictured at the KL Sentral public transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Commuters wearing face masks are pictured at the KL Sentral public transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

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PUTRAJAYA, April 29 — The impact of the movement control order (MCO) to fight the Covid-19 pandemic on the employment situation is expected to be seen in the indices for March and the rest of the year, said Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin.

Commenting on the Malaysian Labour Force Report 2019 which among others shows the unemployment rate for 2019 remaining at 3.3 per cent, the same as 2018, Mohd Uzir said it was because Covid-19 was not very much in the picture then.

The unemployment rate in January 2020 was 3.2 per cent and it rose to 3.3 per cent in February.

“The (unemployment) rate for March will be published on May 8, 2020,” he said in a statement here today.

On the labour force, he said there was a two per cent increase with 15.6 million people employed in 2019 as compared to 15.3 million in 2018.

The labour participation rate (KPTB) in 2019 also rose by 0.4 percentage points to 68.7 per cent as compared to 68.3 per cent in 2018.

Employment of those with tertiary education also rose by 0.8 percentage points to 29.4 per cent in 2019 as compared to 28.6 per cent in 2018. — Bernama

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