Methodology : - Data is as at end-period and not comparable with past series. With effect from May 2005, the registration period during which jobseekers are deemed to be actively seeking jobs was lengthened to six months (three months previously). - The number of job vacancies could have been under-reported as it is not compulsory for firms to report vacancies to the Manpower Department. Sector includes public administration & defence, compulsory social security, education,health and social work, other community, social and personal service activities,private household with employed person, ex-territorial organisation and bodies. - Retrenchment data for 2002-2003 includes 'Others not elsewhere classified'. - Since 2004, classification of occupational groups is based on the Malaysia Standard Classification of Occupation (MASCO) 1998. As such, vacancies data prior to 2004 have been adjusted to best match the new classification for ease of comparison. - Since 1 February 1998, it is mandatory for employers to inform the Director General of the Labour Department at least one month before any retrenchment exercise is undertaken. Employment reports are subject to 2-quarter lag.