Unemployment rate drops by 0.8% in state


Mohd Izhar: National vaccination programme has positively impacted employment in second quarter.

Unemployment in Johor has dropped to 3.8% in the second quarter of this year, compared to 4.6% in the corresponding period last year.

State investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resources committee chairman Datuk Mohd Izhar Ahmad said the number of unemployed people in Johor, in the second quarter, dropped to 67,800. The number was 81,200 during the same period last year.

“Because of the movement control order earlier this year, several industrial, business and service sectors had to temporarily stop operating. This contributed to a drop in manpower in the affected sectors.

“This can be seen with the drop in the number of people working in Johor from 1.87 million last year to 1.67 million this year.

“However, the state government’s commitment in carrying out the National Covid-19 Immuni-sation Programme has provided a glimpse of hope and positively impacted employment here, hence the drop in unemployment recorded in the second quarter,” he said.

Mohd Izhar added that Johor also recorded a 0.4% increase in its labour participation from 67.2% in the second quarter of last year to 67.6% during the corresponding period this year.

Mohd Izhar also noted, in his winding up speech, that based on Social Security Organisation (Socso) statistics, 3,915 individuals in Johor have lost their jobs between Jan 1 and Aug 13 this year.

“Of that number, 2,122 are men and 1,793 women.

“The manufacturing industry contributed the highest number of jobs lost during that period with 1,278 workers,” he added.

Mohd Izhar also urged those looking for employment to visit Socso’s MyFutureJobs website that had over 12,000 vacancies in Johor as at Aug 27 this year.

“In August, 9,931 job vacancies were made available on the website, including 2,697 jobs in the manufacturing sector,” he added.

On a separate matter, Mohd Izhar said Johor was expected to attract at least RM5.52bil worth of investments this year.

“Last year, the state managed to bring in RM6.78bil worth of investments, where RM4.2bil was foreign investments and RM2.58bil from local investments.

“This created 13,502 job opportunities from 232 companies or projects that were approved.

“As of March this year, we attracted RM1.7bil worth of investments where RM369mil is from foreign investors.

“The investments from the 49 companies are expected to create 5,394 jobs for Johoreans.

“Based on a report from Invest Johor, the cumulative value of investments that has potential to be brought into the state as of Sept 5 is expected to be RM5.52bil.

“We are waiting for the agreements to be confirmed,” he added.

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