Malaysia's unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in June due to an increase in the number of unemployed persons.

This was compared to the unemployment rate of 3.2 percent a year ago, the Malaysian Statistics Department said in a statement here on Monday.

According to the department, the number of unemployed persons had increased from 370,000 a year ago to 426,600 in June this year.

In the month under review, labor force in Malaysia had increased from 11.41 million to 11.62 million, while the population outside labor force increased from 6.71 million to 6.88 million.

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