“The number of jobs in the private sector rose 119,000 to register 8.7 million jobs. The rate of filled jobs was 97.7% while the vacancies rate was 2.3%, with the number of job vacancies recorded at 198,000,” chief statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin said in a statement yesterday.
From the overall jobs created last year, the skilled category comprised 43%, while semi-skilled represented 49.2%, he said.
According to the department, a total of 49.2% of the jobs created was in the services sector followed by construction (21.4%) and another 18.4% in the manufacturing sector.
“The number of jobs in the skilled category expanded by 19,000 to register 2.1 million jobs, with a share of 24.3%. Filled jobs made up 97.7% while vacancies rate was 2.3% with 48,000 in numbers,” Mohd Uzir added.
“In the meantime, jobs in the semi-skilled category rose 96,000 to 5.4 million jobs, representing 62.4% of the overall jobs. The rate of filled jobs in this category was 98% while the vacancies rate was 2%.”
For the low-skilled category, the department stated that jobs rose by 5,000 to record 1.2 million jobs, with a share of 13.3%. The rate of filled jobs was 96.4%, while the rate of vacancies was 3.6%.
Across the economic sectors, the department highlighted that 51.6% of jobs in the 4Q19 were concentrated in the services sector, followed by manufacturing (26.4%) and construction (15.4%).
The remaining were in agriculture (5.6%) and mining and quarrying (1%) sectors.
As for vacancies, 55.3% was in the manufacturing sector and 18.8% in the services sector.
The agriculture sector ranked third with a share of 14.3%, followed by construction (11.5%) and mining and quarrying (0.1%).
Source: The Malaysian Reserve