Unemployment remained low, reflecting strong manpower demand. Preliminary estimates showed that the seasonally adjusted overall unemployment rate was 1.8 percent in September 2013, down from 2.1 percent in June 2013. Similarly, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased over the quarter from 2.9 percent to 2.6 percent for residents and 3.1 percent to 2.8 percent for Singapore citizens.
Employment growth was driven mainly by services and construction, which added more workers than in the same period last year. Total employment rose by 28,100 in the third quarter of 2013, lower than the gains of 33,700 in the previous quarter, but higher than 26,200 in the third quarter last year. This brought total employment to 3,448,300 in September 2013, which was 4.1 percent higher than a year ago.
Redundancy declined, after increasing in the previous quarter. Some 2,6001 workers were laid off in the third quarter of 2013, down from 3,080 in the preceding quarter and 2,850 in the third quarter of 2012.