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

Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.2 percent in the March quarter of 2017, compared to preliminary estimates of 2.3 percent and the same as in the prior quarter. The jobless rate remained at its highest level since the fourth quarter 2010, as more people entered the labour force while total employment contracted the most since the second quarter 2009. Unemployment Rate in Singapore averaged 2.45 percent from 1986 until 2017, 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 Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-03-15 02:30 AM Q4 2.2% 2.2% 2.2%
2017-04-28 02:30 AM Q1 2.3% 2.2% 2.2%
2017-06-13 02:30 AM Q1 2.2% 2.2% 2.3% 2.3%
2017-07-28 02:30 AM Q2 2.3% 2.2%
2017-09-15 02:30 AM Q2 2.2%
2017-10-23 02:30 AM Q3 2.3%




Singapore Jobless Rate Revised Down To 2.2% In Q1


Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.2 percent in the March quarter of 2017, the same as in the prior quarter but slightly lower compared to preliminary estimates of 2.3 percent. The jobless rate remained at its highest level since the fourth quarter 2010, as more people entered the labour force while total employment contracted the most since the second quarter 2009.

In the three months to March, the jobless rate was unchanged from the previous quarter for residents (3.2 percent) and citizens (3.5 percent).

Total employment fell by 6,800, following an increase of 2,300  in the fourth quarter and marking the highest quarterly contraction since the June quarter 2009. The decline occured in manufacturing (-4,300) and construction (-12,500), mainly due to a decrease in Work Permit Holders. In contrast, services sector saw employment rose by 9,900.  

Some 4,000 workers were laid off, lower than 5,440 workers in the December quarter and the same period the prior year (4,710). Redundancies declined in manufacturing (890 from 1,990 in the third quarter and marking the lowest figure since the second quarter of 2015 (870) and services (2,440 from 2,840). In contrast, construction reported more redundancies (660 from 580). Services (61 percent) formed the bulk of all layoffs, mainly in wholesale trade (13 percent), financial services (12 percent), and professional services (12 percent). 

The rate of re-entry among residents made redundant was 64.4 percent, compared to 64.7 in the previous quarter. 

The number of job vacancies (seasonally adjusted) among private sector establishments with at least 25 employees and the public sector declined slightly in March 2017. However, vacancies among small private sector establishments employing less than 25 employees went up. That brought total vacancies for the whole economy rose (45,300 from 44,500 in Q3. As a result, the seasonally adjusted ratio of job vacancies to unemployed persons improved slightly, after seven straight quarters of decline.

The seasonally adjusted recruitment rate declined to 2.1 percent in the first quarter 2017 following an uptick in the prior three months.  The recruitment rate has been on a general downtrend since the third quarter 2014. Meanwhile, resignation rate held steady at 1.8 percent since the beginning of 2016.

Ministry of Manpower l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
6/13/2017 4:23:41 AM



Singapore Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.20 2.20 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 45.50 45.60 46.30 45.50 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 68.00 68.30 68.30 55.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 123.30 118.80 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 123.30 118.80 136.30 57.37 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 45300.00 44500.00 67400.00 12000.00 [+]
Wages 5586.00 5379.00 5586.00 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 8.50 1.90 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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.20 2.20 6.00 1.40 1986 - 2017 percent Quarterly



unemployment rate by Country

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Spain 18.75 Mar/17
Brazil 13.60 Apr/17
Turkey 11.70 Mar/17
Italy 11.10 Apr/17
France 9.60 Mar/17
Euro Area 9.30 Apr/17
Canada 6.60 May/17
Australia 5.50 May/17
Indonesia 5.33 Mar/17
Russia 5.20 May/17
Netherlands 5.10 May/17
India 4.90 Dec/13
United Kingdom 4.60 Apr/17
United States 4.30 May/17
China 3.97 Mar/17
Germany 3.90 Apr/17
South Korea 3.60 May/17
Mexico 3.50 Apr/17
Switzerland 3.10 May/17
Japan 2.80 Apr/17