KUALA LUMPUR: According to the 2012 Labour Force Survey Report issued by the Malaysian Statistics Department on Friday, women outnumber men in the professional employees category.
The category listed 686,600 persons or 55% of women in contrast to 559,800 persons or 45% of men.
Women also dominated the clerical support workers category with 843,700 persons or 72.1%.
The report also stated that the national rate of unemployment reduced from 3.1% in the previous year to 3% in 2012.
It attributed the reduction to the higher increase in the number of employed persons compared to unemployed persons, with men making up more than 60% of those without jobs.
The unemployment rate among youths between 20 and 24 still recorded the highest percentage at 40.6%, an increase of 0.6% from 2011.
The unemployed in the below 20 section also showed a rise of 0.4% to 20.3% in 2012 compared to 19.9% the preceding year.
While, the rate of unemployment in the 30 and above age group reduced by 1% to 22.2%.
Meanwhile, the national Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) went up to 65.5%, which was an increase of 1.1% compared to 64.4 in 2011.
The increase was contributed by the higher labour market population from 12.68 million in 2011 to 13.12 million in 2012.
In terms of age group, the highest LFPR was between 25 and 34 and the lowest 15 to 24.
The majority of employed persons were in the service and sales sectors showing a workforce of 2.63 million or 20.6%.This was followed by elementary occupations at 1.57 million, while managers and clerical support workers recorded the lowest workforce at 0.69 million and 1.17 million persons, respectively. - Bernama