Singapore Employment Logs Slowest Growth Since 2003
Singapore's employment increased at the slowest annual pace in 12 years on sluggish global economic conditions and weak performance of city-state economy, data published by the Ministry of Manpower showed Thursday. Total employment advanced 31,800 or 0.9 percent in 2015, which was the weakest expansion since 2003. In the fourth quarter, total employment grew 15,500 from the previous quarter when it rose 12,600. The ministry said total employment growth has moderated amidst weaker economic conditions and tightened supply of foreign manpower. Further, data showed that local employment increased marginally by an estimated 100 or zero percent in 2015, after growing strongly by 96,000 in 2014. Meanwhile, foreign employment, excluding foreign domestic workers, continued to grow at a moderate pace of an estimated 22,600, or 2 percent in 2015. The jobless rate slid to 1.9 percent in December quarter from 2 percent in September quarter. It was forecast to remain at 2 percent. For the whole of 2015, the annual average unemployment rate was broadly unchanged since 2011, at 1.9 percent.
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