The Malay Mail Online has reported that 305,300 new jobs in Selangor from 2014 to 2016 represented almost half of Malaysia's total employment gains from the period, according to official data by the Department of Statistics.

In a statement quoting the figures, the Selangor government pointed out that in the two years, employment in Selangor rose from 2,912,300 jobs in 2014 to 3,217,600 in 2016.

Yin Shao Loong, strategic communications director from the Selangor Mentri Besar's office said: “Over the same period, employment in Malaysia as a whole rose by 631,600 jobs, meaning that Selangor’s employment growth of 305,300 jobs represented nearly half, or 48.3 per cent, of Malaysia’s total employment gains between 2014 and 2016,”

The statement added that under menteri besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali's leadership, women and highly-skilled workers have fared better in Selangor compared to Malaysia as a whole. It said: “Women have done particularly well out of the growth in employment in Selangor as they filled over half, or 55%, of new jobs in Selangor compared to only 40% of additional jobs nationwide.”

“In line with this, the representation of women in Selangor’s workforce has risen from 40.3% of the state workforce in 2014 to 41.7% in 2016,” it added.

The statement said that this meant that women are continually forming a major part of the workforce as employment in Selangor expands.

Highly-skilled employment in Selangor increased by over 16% from 2014 to 2016, compared to a national gain of 13.5% over the same period, based on official data.

As of 2016, nearly 40%  of Selangor’s 3.2 million-strong workforce could be considered highly-skilled, with a third of Malaysia’s highly-skilled workers employed in Selangor.

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