The year-on-year increase in sales value in August 2014 was mainly due to the higher sales in five major manufacturing industries- diodes, transistors and similar semiconductor devices (18.8%), electrical capacitors and resistors (39.2%); passenger cars (31.3%); plastics in primary forms (21.8%) and consumer electronics (8.2%).
The total employment in the manufacturing sector in August 2014 was 1,033,403persons, an increase of 1.7 % or 17,018 persons as compared with the same month last year. Compared with the preceding month, the total employees in the manufacturing sector in August 2014 added 0.2%. The total employment in July 2014 compared with the same month last year was a revised positive 1.3% to register 1,031,385persons.
Productivity or average sales value per employee in the manufacturing sector in August 2014 increased 3.2% to RM53,950 compared with the corresponding month in 2013. Month-on- month, the productivity in August 2014 increased by 1.5% while productivity in July was revised to RM53 166.
For the first eight months of the year, the sales value of the manufacturing sector increased by 7.3% to record RM435.3 billion while cumulatively, productivity for the same period rose 5.6% to RM421,214
Adapted from NST Business Times 11 Oct and DOS statistical release 10 Oct 2014