Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate came in at 2.2 percent in the first quarter 2019, unchanged from the previous period's 1-1/2 year-high and in line with the preliminary estimate. Amid a slowdown in the economy, lay-offs rose while job vacancies fell for the first time in two years. Unemployment Rate in Singapore averaged 2.43 percent from 1986 until 2019, 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 expected to be 2.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Singapore to stand at 2.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Singapore Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 2.40 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-01-31 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel Q4 2.2% 2.1% 2.20%
2019-03-14 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Final Q4 2.2% 2.1% 2.20%
2019-04-26 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel Q1 2.2% 2.2% 2.2% 2.2%
2019-06-13 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Final Q1 2.2% 2.2% 2.2% 2.2%
2019-07-26 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel Q2 2.2% 2.20%
2019-09-13 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Final Q2 2.2% 2.20%
2019-10-26 02:30 AM Unemployment Rate Prel Q3 2.20%



Singapore Q1 Jobless Rate Confirmed at 1-1/2 Year-High

Singapore’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate came in at 2.2 percent in the first quarter 2019, unchanged from the previous period's 1-1/2 year-high and in line with the preliminary estimate. Amid a slowdown in the economy, lay-offs rose while job vacancies fell for the first time in two years.

In the three months to March, the jobless rate for residents was steady (at 3.0 percent), while that for citizens edged up to 3.2 percent from 3.1 percent in Q4.

Total employment (excluding foreign domestic workers/ (FDW) rose by 10,700, lower than in Q4 (14,700) following the end of festive season hiring, but significantly higher  than the same quarter a year ago (400). Services was the main driver of total employment growth (13,600 excluding FDW), supported by gains in community, social & personal services (5,800, nearly half from public administration & education), professional services (2,800), administrative & support services (2,200), financial services (1,600), information & communications (1,200) and transportation & storage (1,200). Meanwhile, construction posted its first employment gain in three years, reflecting an increase in both public and privatesector construction activities.

Some 3.230 workers were laid off, up from 2,510 workers in Q4 and from 2,320 a year earlier. The increase  was driven by manufacturing (1,040 from 380 in Q4), and affected mainly production &
related workers from electronics. Consequently, electronics formed 18 percent of retrenchments in the first quarter of 2019, followed by services industries such as wholesale trade (16 percent) and transportation & storage (10 percent). While restructuring and reorganisation remained the main reason cited by establishments for retrenchments, there was a rise in the share of retrenchments from the previous quarter due to high costs and downturn in the industry.

The six-month reentry rate among retrenched residents rose for the second consecutive quarter to 66 percent from 64 percent in Q4. The increase was observed for most age, education and occupational groups, except for residents aged below 30, clerical, sales & service workers, as well as the post-secondary (non-tertiary) educated. 

After seven preceding quarters of increases, the demand for labour eased, with fewer seasonally-adjusted job vacancies in the March quarter (57,100), compared to 62,300 in Q4. There continued to be more vacancies than job seekers, although the seasonally-adjusted ratio of job vacancies to unemployed persons dipped slightly to 1.08 in Q1 from 1.10 in Q4.


Ministry of Manpower l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
6/13/2019 5:55:52 AM



Singapore Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.20 2.20 6.00 1.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 3715.80 3669.50 3715.80 1714.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 100.20 106.90 124.10 25.80 Thousand [+]
Average Weekly Hours 44.80 45.10 46.30 44.80 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 67.70 67.70 68.30 55.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 110.80 106.00 110.80 51.70 Index Points [+]
Productivity 110.80 106.00 110.80 51.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 54700.00 57800.00 67400.00 12000.00 [+]
Wages 6005.00 5752.00 6005.00 1302.00 SGD/Month [+]
Population 5.64 5.61 5.64 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 14.70 16.90 73.20 -26.00 Thousands Person [+]


Singapore Unemployment Rate

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 July of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.20 2.20 6.00 1.40 1986 - 2019 percent Quarterly




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