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Unemployment rate in Malaysia 2020

This statistic shows the unemployment rate in Malaysia from 1999 to 2020. In 2020, the unemployment rate in Malaysia was at approximately 3.38 percent.

Unemployment in Malaysia

Malaysia’s unemployment is relatively low and stable at around three percent which means the population is experiencing close to full employment. The country reached its lowest level of unemployment in 2014, with a rate of 2.85 percent. Malaysia’s vibrant economy is considered one of the strongest in South_East Asia. Together with years of political stability, it has been supporting such a low unemployment rate and good growth rates each year.

Industry has been a strong contributor to GDP and currently provides around 30 percent of employment opportunities. But even more - about 50 percent - of GDP is generated by the services sector. Given the country’s strong and growing economy, average GDP per capita is growing at increasing rates as well.

However, despite these positive statistics, news reports state that the number of job seekers and those unemployed – the three percent - are generally young people, both graduates and non-graduates, who have had trouble entering the job market. Because of this, the Malaysian government is encouraging companies to open up employment opportunities specifically to young adults. The favorable economic climate should help. Yet, there have also been some complaints about underemployment and gender discrimination within the country.

Malaysia : Unemployment rate from 1999 to 2020

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Release date

October 2020



Survey time period

1999 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

All figures are modeled ILO estimates.

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