Singapore Unemployment Rate  1986-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Singapore’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 2.2 percent in the three months to December of 2016 from 2.1 percent in the September quarter and in line with markets estimates, preliminary estimates showed. It was the highest jobless rate since the fourth quarter 2010. In the December quarter, resident unemployment went up to 3.2 percent (from 2.9 percent in the third quarter) while citizen unemployment increased to 3.5 percent (from 3.0 percent). Some 5,300 workers were made redundant, up from 4,220 in the preceding quarter but similar to a year ago (5,370). Reflecting seasonal hiring for year-end festivities, total employment grew by 1,900, compared to a contraction in the third quarter (-2,700), but growth was lower than a year ago (16,100). Unemployment Rate in Singapore averaged 2.46 percent from 1986 until 2016, 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.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-10-27 02:30 AM Q3 2.1% 2.1% 2.1%
2016-12-13 02:30 AM Q3 2.1% 2.1% 2.1%
2017-01-26 02:30 AM Q4 2.2% 2.1% 2.2% 2.1%
2017-03-15 02:30 AM Q4 2.2% 2.2%
2017-04-27 02:30 AM Q1 2.2%
2017-06-13 02:30 AM Q1 2.2%




Singapore Jobless Rate Rises To 6 Year-High In Q4


Singapore’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 2.2 percent in the three months to December of 2016 from 2.1 percent in the September quarter and in line with markets estimates, preliminary estimates showed. It was the highest jobless rate since the December quarter 2010.

In the December quarter, resident unemployment went up to 3.2 percent (from 2.9 percent in the third quarter) while citizen unemplyment increased to 3.5 percent (from 3.0 percent). 

Some 5,300 workers were made redundant, up from 4,220 in the preceding quarter but similar to a year ago (5,370). 

Reflecting seasonal hiring for year-end festivities, total employment grew by 1,900, compared to a contraction in the third quarter (-2,700), but growth was lower than a year ago (16,100).

For full year 2016, the annual average unemployment went up to 2.1 percent (from 1.9 percent in 2015) and marking the highest level since 2010. Resident unemployment rose to 3.0 percent (from 2.8 percent) while citizen unemployment increased to 3.1 percent (from 2.9 percent). The increase was broad based across most age and education groups.

Total employment was estimated to have increased by 16,400 or 0.4 percent, lower than the 32,300 or 0.9 percent in 2015. It was the lowest growth since 2003 (-12,900 or -0.6 percent). The moderation in total employment in the year took place amid slower growth in the Singapore economy, slowdown in local labour force growth and continued tightening of the supply of foreign workforce. Across broad sectors, employment in manufacturing declined by 15,700 for the year, followed by that in construction (-11,300). In contrast, services employment grew by 43,800, a pace that was broadly similar to 2015 (45,500).
In 2016, redundancies rose to 19,000, mainly due to restructuring and a slower economy. Redundancies have trended up since 2010, but remained lower than the recessionary high in 2009. 

Ministry of Manpower l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
1/26/2017 6:56:11 AM



Singapore Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.20 2.10 6.00 1.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 3672.60 3655.60 3672.60 1714.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 102.80 94.60 124.10 25.80 Thousand [+]
Average Weekly Hours 45.60 46.00 46.30 45.60 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 68.30 66.70 67.00 55.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 110.90 109.90 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 110.90 109.90 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 53800.00 50500.00 67400.00 12000.00 [+]
Wages 4646.00 4789.00 5483.00 1302.00 SGD/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 4220.00 4269.00 5056.00 3797.00 SGD/Month [+]
Population 5.60 5.54 5.60 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 1.90 -3.30 73.20 -26.00 Thousands Person [+]



Singapore Unemployment Rate Notes

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 February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.20 2.10 6.00 1.40 1986 - 2016 percent Quarterly



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