Singapore Unemployment Rate  1986-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 1.9 percent in the March quarter of 2016, the same pace as in the previous quarter and matching preliminary estimates. While the ratio of job openings to job seekers moderated further, layoff declined and reached the highest first quarter redundancies since 2009. 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. Unemployment Rate in Singapore is reported by the Ministry of Manpower Singapore.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.90 1.90 6.00 1.40 1986 - 2016 percent Quarterly
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 June of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-15 02:30 AM Q4 1.9% 2.0% 1.9% 1.9%
2016-04-28 02:30 AM Q1 1.9% 1.9% 2.0%
2016-06-13 02:30 AM Q1 1.9% 1.9% 1.9%
2016-07-25 02:30 AM Q2 1.9% 2.1%
2016-09-15 02:30 AM Q2 1.9%
2016-10-27 02:30 AM Q3 2.1%

Singapore Jobless Rate Confirmed at 1.9% in Q1


Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 1.9 percent in the March quarter of 2016, the same pace as in the previous quarter and matching preliminary estimates. While the ratio of job openings to job seekers moderated further, layoff declined but reaching the highest first quarter redundancies since 2009.

In the first quarter of 2016, citizen unemployment fell to 2.7 percent from 2.9 percent in the previous quarter and resident unemployment dropped to 2.6 percent from 3.0 percent. Among residents, unemployment rose among those aged 30 and over, in particular, among the 50 and over for the fourth consecutive quarter. This increase was offset by the decline in unemployment rate for younger residents aged below 30 due to lower labour force participation rate among youths aged 15 to 24.

Total employment grew by 13,000, lower than the seasonal high of 16,100 in the preceding quarter but higher than the contraction in the first quarter of 2015 (-6,100). Employment in the first quarter was mainly driven by services (13,200) such as community, social & personal services (8,600), financial & insurance services (1,900) and transportation & storage (1,800). In contrast, a decline in employment was seen for: retail trade (-700), accommodation (-400), administrative & support services (-400).

Some 4,710 workers were laid off, down from 5,370 workers in the December quarter 2015 but higher than the same period in a year earlier (3,500). It was the highest first quarter redundancies since 2009. By sector, redundancies rose in services but declined for manufacturing and construction. The bulk of redundancies were from services (54 percent), mainly professional services (13 percent), wholesale trade (11 percent) and financial services (9.1 percent). This was followed by manufacturing (38 percent) and construction (8.2 percent).

About 46 percent of residents made redundant in the fourth quarter of 2015 secured employment by March 2016, down from 50.0 percent from the previous quarter and 57 percent from the same period a year ago. This is the lowest since June 2009 (43 percent).

Job vacancies decreased over the quarter to 50,000 in March 2016 from 53,900 in December 2015. This brought the seasonally adjusted ratio of job vacancies to unemployed persons down to 103 openings per 100 seekers in March 2016, from 112 in December 2015 and 139 in March 2015. The ratio was the lowest since June 2012 (98).

Ministry of Manpower l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
6/13/2016 5:20:17 AM

Singapore Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 1.90 1.90 6.00 1.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 3655.60 3622.80 3655.60 1714.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 94.60 90.70 124.10 25.80 Thousand [+]
Average Weekly Hours 46.00 46.20 46.30 46.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 68.30 66.70 67.00 55.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 118.30 107.20 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 118.30 107.20 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 49200.00 50600.00 67400.00 12000.00 [+]
Wages 5483.00 5205.00 5483.00 1302.00 SGD/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 4220.00 4269.00 5056.00 3797.00 SGD/Month [+]
Population 5.54 5.47 5.54 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 [+]




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