More locals employed, unemployment stays low in 2013: MOM

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More locals employed, unemployment stays low in 2013: MOM
More locals employed, unemployment stays low in 2013- MOM

SINGAPORE – Overall, unemployment stayed low and income growth of Singaporeans strengthened in 2013, the Ministry of Manpower revealed in its Employment Situation, 2013 report released on Wednesday.


Here is the press release from MOM:

More Locals Employed and Income Growth Strengthened

Unemployment stayed low and income growth of Singaporeans strengthened in 2013. Local employment rose more quickly in the year, as the growth in foreign workers continued to moderate amid tightened foreign manpower measures. These are the key findings from the “Employment Situation, 2013” report released by the Ministry of Manpower’s Research and Statistics Department.

Main Findings

Unemployment remained low

Unemployment remained low in December 2013. Preliminary estimates showed that December 2013 overall (1.8 per cent) and citizen (2.8 per cent) unemployment rates were unchanged from September 2013. The resident unemployment rate edged up slightly by 0.1 per cent-point from 2.6 per cent in September 2013 to 2.7 per cent in December 2013.

For the whole of 2013, the annual average overall and citizen unemployment rates dipped to 1.9 per cent and 2.9 per cent respectively, while the resident rate remained unchanged at 2.8 per cent.

Local employment rose more quickly, as foreign workforce growth continued to moderate

Supported by hirings for year-end festivities, employment growth was higher in the fourth quarter of 2013 (39,200) than in the previous quarter (33,100), but lower than in the fourth quarter of last year (44,000).

For the whole of 2013, total employment is estimated to have increased by 134,900 over the year, higher than the 129,100 in 2012. Higher employment growth over the year was mainly driven by locals, as the pace of growth in the foreign workforce continued to slow amid tightened foreign manpower measures. In December 2013, locals accounted for 66.2 per cent of persons employed in Singapore (excluding foreign domestic workers), with foreigners forming 33.8 per cent.

Redundancies rose in the fourth quarter, but remained below recessionary levels

3,500 workers were laid off in the fourth quarter of 2013, higher than the 2,710 workers made redundant in preceding quarter, though this was lower than 6,000 to 12,800 workers laid off per quarter during the last recession in 2008/09. For the full year 2013, 11,400 workers were laid off, slightly higher than 2012 (11,010).

Income growth strengthened

Income growth strengthened in 2013, amid the tight labour market. The nominal median monthly income from work of full-time employed citizens (including employer CPF contributions) increased over the year by 7.1 per cent to $3,480 in June 2013, up from gains of 5.8 per cent in the preceding year. As inflation eased1, the growth in real median income, deflated by Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all items, accelerated from 1.2 per cent in 2012 to 4.6 per cent in 2013.

For more information

The “Employment Situation, 2013” report is available on the MOM’s Statistics and Publications webpage. More comprehensive labour market data will be released in the “Labour Market Report, 2013″ on 14 March 2014.



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