Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched higher to 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from a two-year low of 2 percent in the previous quarter and in line with the preliminary estimate. It was the highest jobless rate since the last quarter of 2017. Unemployment Rate in Singapore averaged 2.44 percent from 1986 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 6 percent in the first quarter of 1986 and a record low of 1.40 percent in the second quarter of 1990.

Unemployment Rate in Singapore is expected to be 2.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Singapore to stand at 2.10 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Singapore Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 2.40 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-07-27 03:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel 2.1% 2% 2%
2018-09-13 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Final 2.1% 2% 2.1% 2.1%
2018-10-26 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel 2.1% 2% 2.1%
2018-12-13 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Final 2.1% 2.1% 2.1%
2019-01-31 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel 2.1% 2.20%
2019-03-14 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Final 2.1% 2.20%
2019-04-26 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel 2.20%



Singapore Q3 Jobless Rate Confirmed at 2.1%

Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched higher to 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from a two-year low of 2 percent in the previous quarter and in line with the preliminary estimate. It was the highest jobless rate since the last quarter of 2017, reflecting a continued inflow of job seekers into the labor market.

In the three months to September, the jobless rate held steady for both residents (at 2.9 percent) and citizens (3.0 percent).
Total employment increased by 16,700, more than double the increase in the previous quarter (6,500), and was the highest quarterly growth since the fourth quarter of 2014 (38,300). Services was the main driver of total employment growth (13,800 excluding foreign domestic workers /FDW), led by higher-skilled sectors such as professional services (3,400), information & communications (3,100), community, social & personal services (2,500) and financial & insurance services (2,500, mostly in financial services). Employment also rose in manufacturing (3,500), after sustained declines since the fourth quarter of 2014. Within manufacturing, employment increases were mainly seen in electronics (1,600), transport equipment (1,500) and petroleum, chemical & pharmaceutical products (1,300). Although employment in construction continued to contract in the third quarter of 2018 (-300), the decline has eased considerably from the preceding quarters.Cumulatively for the first three quarters of 2018, total employment (excluding FDW) grew by 23,600, a contrast to the contraction of 21,400 in 2017. 
Some 2,860 workers were laid off, lower than that in the second quarter (3,030) and a year ago (3,400). The decline was observed in construction, while manufacturing and services posted broadly similar levels of retrenchments. Business restructuring and reorganisation remained the top reason for retrenchment, accounting for 60 percent of total retrenchments. On the other hand, retrenchments due to recession and poor business declined. 
Meanwhile, the six-month re-entry rate among retrenched residents fell to 62 percent from 64 percent in the June quarter, and relatively similar to the first quarter (61 percent). The decline was due to those previously employed in clerical and production & related jobs.
The tightening of the labour market may have started to ease. Even though there continues to be more vacancies than job seekers for the third consecutive quarter, the seasonally adjusted ratio of job vacancies to unemployed persons dipped to 1.05 in the third quarter from 1.10 in the previous period. This was due to an increase in the overall number of unemployed, and a slight decline in total vacancies for the whole economy. 
The seasonally adjusted recruitment and resignation rates eased from a quarter ago. However, hiring activity remained higher than the same period a year ago. Recruitment rates were higher across most industries, with larger increases observed in real estate services, cleaning & landscaping, construction and higher-skilled industries such as financial services and professional services. Resignation rate declined over the year, led by food & beverage services and administrative & support services.


Ministry of Manpower l Rida | rida@tradingeconomics.com
12/13/2018 12:35:39 PM



Singapore Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.10 2.00 6.00 1.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 3669.50 3672.60 3672.60 1714.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 106.90 102.80 124.10 25.80 Thousand [+]
Average Weekly Hours 45.00 45.50 46.30 45.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 67.70 68.00 68.30 55.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.30 107.90 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.30 107.90 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 63300.00 58300.00 67400.00 12000.00 [+]
Wages 4962.00 5119.00 5808.00 1302.00 SGD/Month [+]
Population 5.61 5.60 5.61 1.65 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.00 62.00 62.00 62.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 62.00 62.00 62.00 62.00 [+]
Employment Change 19.30 6.50 73.20 -26.00 Thousands Person [+]


Singapore Unemployment Rate

In Singapore, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Singapore Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Singapore Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.10 2.00 6.00 1.40 1986 - 2018 percent Quarterly




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