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​Summary Table: Employment

The number of persons in employment tells us about the economy's ability to create jobs.

The change in employment sheds light on the impact of economic changes on the labour market. In particular, the breakdown of employment by sectors helps identify sectors where employment is growing or falling. 

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Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Employment Level as at
  Year-end ('000)
2,730.8 2,952.4 2,990.0 3,105.9 3,228.5 3,357.6 3,493.8 3,623.9 3,656.2 3,673.1 n.a.
  Employment Distribution
  by Sector as at Year-end (%)
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0​ n.a.
  Manufacturing 20.8 19.9 17.4 16.7 16.2 15.9 15.5 14.8 14.1 13.6 n.a.
  Construction​ 10.8 12.2 12.6 12.3 12.5 13.2 13.7 13.6 13.7 13.3 n.a.
  Services 67.7 67.3 69.2 70.3 70.6 70.2 70.1 70.9 71.5 72.4 n.a.
  Others 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 n.a.
  Employment Change ('000)









  Annual 234.9 221.6 37.6 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 n.a.
  1st Qtr 49.4 73.2 -6.2 36.5 28.3 27.2 28.9 28.3 -6.1 13.0 -6.8
  2nd Qtr 64.4 71.4 -7.7 24.9 24.8 31.7 33.7 27.7 9.7 4.2 -7.3
  3rd Qtr 58.6 55.7 13.9 20.5 31.9 26.2 33.1 33.4 12.6 -2.7 -0.7p
  4th Qtr 62.5 21.3 37.5 33.9 37.6 44.0 40.6 40.7 16.1 2.3 n.a.
  Employment Change (excl FDW) ('000)









  Annual 223.5 213.4 32.9 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 n.a.
  1st Qtr 44.9 69.4 -8.0 32.9 27.6 25.3 28.5 25.9 -8.6 9.5 -9.4
  2nd Qtr 62.4 69.6 -7.8 24.3 24.7 31.6 32.7 26.3 7.6 2.1 -7.9
  3rd Qtr 55.7 54.0 13.3 22.4 31.1 27.0 32.3 31.5 10.5 -4.2 -2.5p
  4th Qtr 60.5 20.4 35.3 30.9 34.3 42.0 37.9 38.3 13.7 1.2 n.a.
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Annual Employment Change by Industry and Residential Status ('000)​
Employment
Level ('000)​
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Dec 2016
Overall
Total 176.0
234.9 221.6 37.6 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 3,673.1
Total (excl FDW) 168.0 223.5 213.4 32.9 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 3,433.4
     Local 90.9 90.4 64.7 41.8 56.2 37.9 58.7 82.9 96.0 0.7 11.2 2,280.1
     Foreign 85.1 144.5 156.9 -4.2 59.7 84.8 70.4 53.3 34.0 31.6 5.7 1,393.0
     Foreign (excl FDW) 77.1 133.1 148.7 -8.9 54.4 79.8 67.1 48.4 26.0 22.6 -2.5 1,153.2
Manufacturing
 Total 41.6 49.3 19.5 -43.9 -0.8 3.4 11.4 5.3 -4.4 -22.1 -15.5 498.4
     Local 11.0 7.3 -4.6 -9.5 -0.1 -2.8 2.1 0.9 1.1 -7.3 -6.8 245.5
     Foreign 30.6 42.0 24.1 -34.3 -0.7 6.1 9.4 4.4 -5.4 -14.8 -8.7 252.9
Construction
  Total 20.5 40.4 64.0 24.0 3.4 22.0 39.1 35.2 14.3 8.6 -11.5 488.5
     Local 5.3 4.4 5.2 4.3 -0.4 2.4 4.2 3.7 4.6 1.8 -1.4 123.1
     Foreign 15.2 36.0 58.9 19.7 3.8 19.6 34.9 31.6 9.7 6.8 -10.1 365.4
Services
  Total 112.7​ 143.1​ 136.4​ 58.6​ 112.6​ 96.1​ 77.0​ 94.1​ 119.7​ 45.5 44.2 2,659.4
  Total (excl FDW) 104.7 131.7 128.2 53.9 107.3 91.1 73.8 89.3 111.7 36.5 36.0 2,419.7
     Local 73.7 77.2 63.1 48.2 56.3 37.5 51.0 77.1 90.1 6.0 19.8 1,889.5
   ​  Foreign
39.0​ 65.9​ 73.4​ 10.4 ​ 56.2​ 58.6​ 26.1​ 17.0​ 29.5​ 39.6​ 24.4 ​769.9
     Foreign (excl FDW) 31.0 54.5 65.2 5.7 50.9 53.7 22.8 12.1 21.5 30.5 16.2 530.2
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Dec 2016

Source: Administrative Records and Labour Force Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM
Latest figures published in: Labour Market Advance Release

Notes:
  • Data are compiled primarily from administrative records, with the self-employed estimated from the Labour Force Survey.
  • The industries are classified based on SSIC 2010 from 2009 onwards and SSIC 2005 before 2009.
  • Change in employment is the difference in the employment level at the end of the reference period compared with the end of the preceding period.
  • Data for the three major sectors do not add up to the total as the latter includes Agriculture, Fishing, Quarrying, Utilities and Sewerage & Waste Management.
  • 'excl FDW' refers to excluding foreign domestic workers.
  • Data may not necessarily add up to total due to rounding.
  • p = Preliminary
  • n.a. = Not available
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Last updated on 26 October 2017 15:22:42
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