MCO ups unemployment to 34-year high, says stats dept

A worker cleaning the window display of a boutique in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Monday. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, May 8, 2020.

UNEMPLOYMENT increased by 17.1% in March due to the movement control order (MCO) to stop Covid-19 transmission, the Statistics Department said in its latest labour report.

The percentage increase was from 521,300 jobless people in March last year, to 610,500 people in the same month this year.

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