Labor Force Participation of Women in Malaysia Essay

5607 Words Dec 31st, 2012 23 Pages
LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN MALAYSIA Nor’Aznin Abu Bakar Norehan Abdullah Faculty of Economics Universiti Utara Malaysia
Abstract The article analyses the women labor force participation in Malaysia. The rapid absorption of women into the labor market has been influenced by several factors. The rapid economic growth was due largely to important growth in the manufacturing and services sectors, where substantial and proportionally larger increase of female workers has been registered. Among all sectors of the economy, the manufacturing sector has recorded the highest growth rate during the last decade. The increase in the female labor force participation may also be attributable to improving economic incentives in employment and
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The construction sector grew at an average 9.2 percent per annum and accounted for about 19 per cent of total job creation. The share of the construction to the total employment increased from 6.3 per cent in 1990 to 7.0 percent in 2005. While the share of agricultural employment to total employment fell from 26.0 per cent in 1990 to 12.9 percent in 2005. This sector continued to face labor shortages as local labor moved into other economic sectors because of better prospects and higher wage rate. 3. Women’s Labor Force Participation Rates in Malaysia Women are highly important

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