8.6 million jobs in the private sector in second quarter of 2019

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PUTRAJAYA (Sept 6): The number of jobs in the private sector increased by 145,000 in the second quarter this year to 8.6 million posts compared with 8.5 million in the corresponding period last year, according to Malaysian Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin.

He said  97.5 percent or 8.4 million of the posts were filled, with vacancies for 218,000 posts or 2.5 percent.

Most of the jobs were in the semi-skilled category, totaling  5.4 million or 62.3 percent of the positions, followed by 24.4 percent in the skilled category and 13.3 percent for low-skilled.

In terms of  jobs created, the semi-skilled category represents 48.5 percent (13,200), followed by skilled category 44.7 percent and 6.8 percent for low-skilled category, he said in a statement today.

Mohd Uzir said 51.6 percent of jobs in the private sector were in the service sector, while 26.3 percent were in the manufacturing sector, followed by 15.2 percent in the construction sector, agriculture (5.9 percent) and one percent in mining and quarrying.

In terms of job vacancies, he said, 55.6 percent were in the manufacturing sector, followed by the service sector (20.1 percent), while for creation post posts, 50.4 percent were in the service sector, followed by manufacturing (20.8 percent) and construction (19.6 percent).

“The mining and quarrying sector  recorded the most posts filled, at  99.6 percent, followed by the service sector 99 percent and the construction sector 98.3 percent.

“For the manufacturing and agriculture sectors, the rate of posts filled were 94.7 percent and 94.0 percent, respectively," he said.