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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​ 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017* 2018
  Employment Level as at
  Year-end ('000)
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 3,669.4 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​ 100.0
  Manufacturing 19.9 17.4 16.7 16.2 15.9 15.4 14.8 14.1 13.6 13.4 n.a.
  Construction​ 12.2 12.6 12.3 12.5 13.1 13.7 13.6 13.7 13.3 12.3 n.a.
  Services 67.3 69.2 70.3 70.6 70.2 70.1 70.8 71.4 72.3 73.6 n.a.
  Others 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 n.a.
  Employment Change ('000)









  Annual 221.6 37.6 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 n.a.
  1st Qtr 73.2 -6.2 36.5 28.3 27.2 28.9 28.3 -6.1 13.0 -6.8 3.7
  2nd Qtr 71.4 -7.7 24.9 24.8 31.7 33.7 27.7 9.7 4.2 -7.3 6.5
  3rd Qtr 55.7 13.9 20.5 31.9 26.2 33.1 33.4 12.6 -2.7 -2.3 17.7P
  4th Qtr 21.3 37.5 33.9 37.6 44.0 40.6 40.7 16.1 2.3 12.7 n.a.
  Employment Change (excl FDW) ('000)









  Annual 213.4 32.9 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 n.a.
  1st Qtr 69.4 -8.0 32.9 27.6 25.3 28.5 25.9 -8.6 9.5 -9.4 0.4
  2nd Qtr 69.6 -7.8 24.3 24.7 31.6 32.7 26.3 7.6 2.1 -7.9 6.5
  3rd Qtr 54.0 13.3 22.4 31.1 27.0 32.3 31.5 10.5 -4.2 -4.1 15.2P
  4th Qtr 20.4 35.3 30.9 34.3 42.0 37.9 38.3 13.7 1.2 10.7 n.a.
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Annual Employment Change by Industry and Residential Status ('000)​
Employment
Level ('000)​
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017* Dec 2017*
Overall
Total 234.9
221.6 37.6 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 3,669.4
Total (excl FDW) 223.5 213.4 32.9 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 3,422.7
     Local 90.4 64.7 41.8 56.2 37.9 58.7 82.9 96.0 0.7 11.2 21.3 2,301.4
     Foreign 144.5 156.9 -4.2 59.7 84.8 70.4 53.3 34.0 31.6 5.7 -24.9 1,368.0
     Foreign (excl FDW) 133.1 148.7 -8.9 54.4 79.8 67.1 48.4 26.0 22.6 -2.5 -32.0 1,121.3
Manufacturing
 Total 49.3 19.5 -43.9 -0.8 3.4 10.9 5.2 -3.9 -21.9 -14.4 -10.9 490.0
     Local 7.3 -4.6 -9.5 -0.1 -2.8 1.7 1.8 0.6 -7.2 -5.6 -1.0 246.8
     Foreign 42.0 24.1 -34.3 -0.7 6.1 9.3 3.4 -4.5 -14.7 -8.7 -9.9 243.2
Construction
  Total 40.4 64.0 24.0 3.4 22.0 39.2 38.5 14.6 7.2 -11.3 -38.3 451.8
     Local 4.4 5.2 4.3 -0.4 2.4 4.5 6.6 4.9 0.5 -1.3 -5.5 118.8
     Foreign 36.0 58.9 19.7 3.8 19.6 34.7 31.9 9.6 6.7 -10.0 -32.8 333.0
Services
  Total 143.1​ 136.4​ 58.6​ 112.6​ 96.1​ 77.4​ 90.8​ 118.9​ 46.8 42.8 46.0 2,700.4
  Total (excl FDW) 131.7 128.2 53.9 107.3 91.1 74.1 85.9 110.9 37.8 34.6 39.0 2,453.7
     Local 77.2 63.1 48.2 56.3 37.5 51.2 73.1 90.2 7.3 18.4 28.3 1,913.6
   ​  Foreign
65.9​ 73.4​ 10.4 ​ 56.2​ 58.6​ 26.2​ 17.7​ 28.7​ 39.5​ 24.4 17.7 ​786.8
     Foreign (excl FDW) 54.5 65.2 5.7 50.9 53.7 22.9 12.8 20.7 30.4 16.2 10.7 540.1
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Dec 2017

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 2005 from 2007 to 2008, SSIC 2010 from 2009 to 2011 and SSIC 2015 from 2012 onwards.
  • *Data for 2016 and 2017 are revised at the industry level to reflect updates in industry classification of firms. Data for the earlier years will be revised progressively when the data are available.
  • 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 01 November 2018 15:09:36
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