PETALING JAYA: Seven states including Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis recorded faster economic growth than the national level last year, says the Statistics Department.
Topping the list was Selangor with a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.7% followed by Kuala Lumpur at 6%, Kelantan at 5.3% and Labuan at 5.2%.
Negri Sembilan recorded a GDP growth of 5.1%, Kedah 4.6% and Perlis 4.6% compared with the national level of 4.3%, said the department in its State Socioeconomic Report 2019 released on Thursday (Aug 6). Meanwhile, in 2019, seven states also registered better growth compared with 2018.
Kelantan recorded 5.3% compared with 2.6%, Negri Sembilan 5.1% compared with 4.2% and Kedah 4.6% compared with 4.0%.
Perlis recorded 4.6% growth compared with 3.3%, Pahang 3.7% compared with 3%, Terengganu 3.3% compared with 2.5% and Sarawak 2.5% compared with 2.2%.
“An improvement in the agriculture sector which was reinforced by an increase in the production of oil palm activity, rubber and vegetables as well as better performance in the services sector has benefited the growth momentum in several related states, ” said the department.
On the report, chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said 15 reports were published and each provided additional new information on graduate statistics, salary and wages, income and expenditure by state as well as consumer price index, among others.
Meanwhile, findings of the Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey found that Kuala Lumpur attained the highest median income of RM10,549 followed by Putrajaya at RM9,983, Selangor at RM8,210 and Labuan at RM6,726. This is followed by Johor at RM6,427, Penang RM6,169 and Melaka RM6,054.
From 2016 to 2019, Putrajaya posted the highest average annual growth rate for median income with 6.3%, higher than the national median income growth of 3.9%, it said. “Meanwhile, a slower rate of unemployment was registered in eight states including Terengganu, Johor, Pulau Pinang, Sarawak and Putrajaya.
“Melaka recorded the lowest unemployment rate in 2019 with 1.1%, ” it added.
According to the report, the number of graduates in Malaysia was 5.3 million persons in 2019, an increase of 6.9% from 4.9 million in 2018. Graduates’ labour force participation rate (GLFPR) was 83.5%, decreasing 0.1% against 83.6% in 2018.
“Selangor and Sabah recorded the highest GLFPR in 2019 at 86.5%, followed by Putrajaya at 85.9% and Sarawak at 85.3%.
“Meanwhile, the lowest GLFPR was posted by Perlis with a rate of 76.1%, ” it said.
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