While the unemployment rate in February 2019 remained at 3.3% since September 2018, the number of unemployed stood at 516,400, a 1.6% increase against February 2018. This was according to latest statistics from The Department of Statistics, Malaysia.

When looking at seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, February 2019 registered a slight increase over the previous month - 3.3% compared to 3.2%.

Apart from that, the labour force participation rate in February 2019 was 68.5%, a drop of 0.1 percentage point as compared to the previous month. However, this marked an increase of 0.3 percentage points year-on-year (February 2018: 68.2%).

Total headcount of the labour force rose by 2.1% against February 2018 to 15.54 million people. During the same period, employed persons also increased 2.1% to 15.03 million.

Images / The Department of Statistics, Malaysia Note: Lead image pictures statistics of the working age population (15-64 years)