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Median monthly salaries & wages in 2020 decrease 15.6 per cent to RM2,062
Labour force in Malaysia increased 0.6% to 15.7 million persons in 2020
Female LFPR recorded at 55.3 per cent in 2020

Principal Statistics of Labour Force, Malaysia, Third Quarter (Q3) 2022

Release Date : Tuesday 08, November 2022 1200




  • In the third quarter of 2022, the labour force continued to expand in the third quarter of 2022 (Q2 2022:16.34 million persons), with an increase of 0.6 per cent or 99.7 thousand persons registering 16.44 million persons. Subsequently, the labour force participation rate (LFPR) increased by 0.2 percentage points to mark 69.4 per cent from the previous quarter (69.2%).
  • In terms of employment, employed persons continued its upward trend during the quarter, with an additional of 129.9 thousand persons or 0.8 per cent to 15.83 million persons (Q2 2022: 15.70 million persons). Meanwhile, employed persons strengthen up by 3.6 per cent or equivalent to 556.2 thousand persons as compared to same quarter of prior year (Q3 2021: 15.27 million persons).
  • During this quarter, the number of unemployed persons continued to decline with a reduction of 30.2 thousand persons or equivalent to negative 4.7 per cent to 611.8 thousand persons (Q2 2022: 642.0 thousand persons). Consequently, a lower unemployment rate was recorded in the third quarter of 2022 at 3.7 per cent as against in the previous quarter (3.9%).
  • In terms of LFPR by states, eight states were recorded higher LFPR in the third quarter of 2022, while another half of states showed a decline in LFPR. The highest LFPR was registered in Selangor (75.5%), followed by W.P. Kuala Lumpur (73.8%), W.P. Putrajaya (71.7%), and Pulau Pinang (70.9%).
  • Looking at the unemployment situation by state, most of the states registered a decline in the unemployment rate during the quarter except for Pahang, Selangor and W.P. Putrajaya. However, W.P. Putrajaya remained with the lowest unemployment rate at 1.0 per cent, followed by Perlis and Johor with 2.5 per cent respectively.

    The full publication of the Labour Force Survey Report, Malaysia, Third Quarter 2022 can be downloaded through eStatistik Portal.


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Baharudin Mohamad
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Strategic Communication and Internal Division
Department of Statistics Malaysia
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