KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia posted the highest ever growth in manufacturing sales value in April 2021, surging by 72.5% from a year ago to RM130.60bil, the Statistics Department said.
“On monthly basis, the sales value increased by 2.9%. The sharp increment of growth in April 2021 was also a reflection of recovery due to base effect from the implementation of MCO 1.0 last year, ” it said on Friday.
Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the sharp increase was driven by transport equipment & other manufactures products (332.4%), electrical & electronics products (80.2%) and petroleum, chemical, rubber & plastic products (49.1%).
The manufacturing sector also reported an increase in the number of workers employed in April.
He said the total employees in the sector rose by 3% in April to 2, 235, 004 persons compared with 2, 169, 473 persons in April last year.
Salaries & wages paid amounted to RM7.38bil, which was 8.2% higher or an increase of RM560.20mil from a year ago.
The sales value per employee rose by 67.4% to record RM58, 454 from a year ago.
The average salaries & wages per employee was RM3, 304 in April.