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Summary Table: Labour Force

The labour force, also known as the economically active population, refers to the manpower currently available in the economy. It comprises people who are working or seeking work (i.e. the employed and the unemployed).  

The labour force participation rate measures the proportion of working-age population that engages actively in the labour market, either by working or looking for work.





 

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Mid-Year 2006 2007 2007a 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012​ 2013​ 2014 2015
Total Labour Force ('000) 2,594.1 2,750.5 2,710.3 2,939.9 3,030.0 3,135.9 3,237.1 3,361.8​ 3,443.7​ 3,530.8​ 3,610.6​
Resident Labour Force ('000) 1,880.8 1,918.1 1,878.0 1,928.3 1,985.7 2,047.3 2,080.1 2,119.6​ 2,138.8​ 2,185.2​ 2,232.3​
  Educational Composition (%) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0​ 100.0​ 100.0​
      Primary & Below 15.7 15.0 15.2 13.6 13.7 13.0 12.6 12.3 11.7 11.5​ 11.2
      Lower Secondary 12.6 12.7 12.7 10.6 10.5 9.2 8.9 8.4 8.0​ 7.7​ 7.0
      Secondary 24.3 23.9 24.0 23.5 24.3 20.0 20.2 19.2​ 18.7​ 17.9​ 18.2​
      Post-Secondary (Non-Tertiary) 8.6 8.8 8.8 9.6 7.8 12.0 11.8 12.0​ 11.6​ 11.5​ 12.0
      Diploma & Professional Qualification 15.4 16.0 16.0 16.8 16.9 18.1 18.2 18.7​ 18.4​ 19.5​ 19.3
      Degree 23.4 23.7 23.3 25.8 26.7 27.6 28.3 29.4​ 31.5​ 32.0​ 32.2​
  Median Age (Years) 40.0​ 40.0​ 41.0​ 41.0​ 41.0​ 41.0​ 42.0​ 42.0​ 42.0​ 43.0​ 43.0
  Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 65.0​ 65.1​ 65.0​ 65.6​ 65.4​ 66.2​ 66.1​ 66.6​ 66.7​ 67.0​ 68.3​
Mid Year 2006 2007 2007a 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012​ 2013​ 2014 2015

Source: Comprehensive Labour Force Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM
Latest figures published in: Labour Force in Singapore

Notes:
  • Data are for mid-year.
  • Labour force participation rate is defined as the percentage of the labour force to the population aged fifteen years & over.
  • Residents refer to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • Data for 2005 are not available as the Comprehensive Labour Force Survey was not conducted due to the conduct of the General Household Survey by Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade and Industry.
  • a June 2007 data have been adjusted based on latest revised population estimates from DOS to facilitate comparisons with June 2008 onwards.
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