The electricity sector sees higher labour demands during January-March. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – An estimate of 54.6 million jobs were added to the Vietnamese workforce in the first three months of 2019, up 0.11 percent from the last quarter of 2018.  

According to an update on the Vietnamese workforce released in Hanoi on April 4, a number of sectors saw higher labour demands during January-March compared to the previous period.

They included the production and distribution of electricity, natural gas, hot water, water vapour, and air conditioners (up 18.4 percent); finance, banking, and insurance (5.8 percent); and art and entertainment (8.5 percent).

In contrast, others were estimated to have reduced labour demands, including agro-forestry-fishery (0.8 percent); mining (7.6 percent); and realty (8 percent).

As such, the three-month GDP growth was projected to hit 6.58 percent.

The report said in the last quarter of 2018, 54.53 million people secured employment, while the number of the unemployed in the working age group stood at just over 1 million. The figures represented an increase of nearly 23,000 people and decrease of 7,600 from the previous period, respectively. –VNA