'Marginal' 4.8% rise in unemployment rate in Nov 2020, says Statistics Dept

PETALING JAYA: The unemployment rate went up marginally by 4.8% to 764,400 people in November last year, says the Statistics Department.

"Among others, this may be due to job losses and cancellation or freezing of new hires," Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin (pic) said in a statement on Monday (Jan 11).

He said unemployment rose by 2.2% or 16,200 people in November, adding that the department attributed this to the prolonged Covid-19 third wave which resulted in the implementation of strict movement control orders and standard operating procedures (SOP).

Uzir added that the “actively unemployed”, who are defined as persons who were available for work and were actively looking for work, went up by 2.3% to 637,700.

"Likewise, the inactively unemployed or discouraged group who believed there were no jobs available increased by 1.3% to 126,700," he added.

On the employment situation, Uzir said that this dropped by 11,000 in November to 15.2mil although it had recorded a previous upward trend for five consecutive months.

He also noted that there were 142,000 employed people who were temporarily not working in November last year as compared to 183,000 the previous month.

"This group of persons were most likely not able to work and were not categorised as unemployed as they had work to return to," he added.

He said a softer labour demand is likely to remain for December 2020 following the continued economic uncertainty and health situation worldwide as well as in the country.

On the Census of Malaysia 2020, he said that the second set of face-to-face interviews will begin on Jan 20 and will run to Feb 6.

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