Low Unemployment in Penang for Now

By Ong Wooi Leng

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But the future requires that work skills match employer requirements and that job seekers look to the private rather than the public sector.Penang’s labour market is expected to remain buoyant in the second half of 2017. The labour force participation rate moderated to 69% in 2016, up from 69.9% in 2015; ranking third after Putrajaya (77.6%) and Selangor (74.2%).Male employment makes up about 58% of Penang’s labour force market; employed persons aged 25-29 years old accounted for the largest share...

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Ong Wooi Leng

heads the Socioeconomics and Statistics Programme at Penang Institute. Her work lies in labour market analysis and socio-economic development.