Malaysia's overall labour productivity (by employment) grew 2.2% in Q1 2019, with an identical 2.2% increase in overall employment recorded over the previous quarter.

According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia's Labour Productivity of First Quarter 2019 report, when split by sectors - agriculture, mining and quarrying, manufacturing, construction, and services, the construction sector recorded the highest labour productivity by employment of 4.5%.

The individual statistics by sector, listed from most productive to least productive, are as follows:

Construction sector

While this sector recorded the highest labour productivity growth by employment, it was still a drop from 5.3% in Q4 2018 as employment had declined 4%.

Agriculture sector

Labour productivity by employment in the agriculture sector followed behind, growing 3.4% in Q1 2019, recording an employment growth of 2.2%.

Services sector

Recording the third highest growth in labour productivity by employment is the services sector, at 2.9%, with a growth of 3.4% in employment.

Mining and quarrying sector

This sector saw the second lowest labour productivity by employment rise of 2.6% in Q1 2019, while employment dropped to 4.6%.

Manufacturing sector

As for this sector, it recorded the lowest growth of 2.0% this past quarter, with the employment growth sustained at 2.1%.

[View the infographic above for further details on labour productivity by hours.]

Lead photo and infographic / Department of Statistics Malaysia