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Unemployment statistics in Singapore

Unemployment statistics in Singapore

 

With a 2.2% unemployment rate recorded in the first quarter of 2019, unemployment statistics in Singapore remains one of the lowest amongst in the world.

Despite what seems like a healthy unemployment statistics, Singapore has been experiencing a slowdown in the economy, after 2018’s robust growth, where unemployment rate was averaging 2.1% throughout the year. While 2018’s lower jobless rate was driven by expansionary economic activities anticipated towards the end of 2017, this came to a standstill as layoffs rose and vacancies began a steady decline in December 2018.

 

Amongst residents, unmployment statistics held steady at 3.0% from December 2018, while that of citizens rose from 3.1% in last year’s fourth quarter to 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019. Employment, which is typically higher during festive season was 14,700 around 2018 Christmas, but dropped to 10,700 during Q1 of 2019. Note that this Q1 figure is still …