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Summary Table: Unemployment

Unemployment statistics is probably one of the most closely monitored indicators of the labour market.

Persons are counted as unemployed, if they are not working, but are actively looking and available for work.

The unemployment rate refers to the unemployed as a percentage of the labour force (also known as the economically active population).

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Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Overall Unemployment Rate (%)










   Annual Average 2.2 3.0 2.2 2.0 2.0 1.9 2.0 1.9 2.1 2.2 n.a.
   Seasonally Adjusted as at










   Mar 1.9 3.2 2.2 1.9 2.1 1.9 2.1 1.8 1.8 2.2 2.0
   Jun 2.2 3.2 2.2 2.0 1.9 2.0 1.9 2.0 2.1 ​2.2 n.a.
   Sep 2.3 3.3 2.1 2.1 1.9 1.8 1.9 1.9 2.1 2.1 n.a.
   Dec 2.7 2.3 2.2 2.1 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.2 2.1 n.a.
  Resident Unemployment Rate (%)










   Annual Average 3.2 4.3 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.8 3.0 3.1 n.a.
   Seasonally Adjusted as at










   Mar 2.7 4.6 3.2 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.5 2.7 3.2 2.8
   Jun 3.0 4.5 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.8 3.0 3.1 n.a.
   Sep​ 3.4 4.9 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.7 2.9 2.9 3.1 n.a.
   Dec​ 3.9 3.3 3.1 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.8 3.2 3.0 n.a.
  Citizen Unemployment Rate (%)
   Annual Average 3.4 4.5 3.4 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.9 3.1 3.3 n.a.
   Seasonally Adjusted as at​
   Mar 2.9 4.8 3.3 2.8 3.1 2.9 3.0 2.7 2.7 3.5 3.0
   Jun 3.1 4.7 3.3 3.0 2.9 3.0 2.9 2.9 3.1 3.3 n.a.
   Sep 3.5 4.9 3.3 3.0 3.0 2.8 2.8 3.1 3.0 3.2 n.a.
    Dec 4.1 3.5 3.3 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.6 3.0 3.4 3.0 n.a.
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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

Notes:
  • The seasonally adjusted figures are derived using X-12 ARIMA to remove the seasonal influences in the data series. The seasonally adjusted unemployment figures are subject to annual revisions when the latest set of seasonal factors is updated, taking into account observations for the latest available year.​
  • Annual figures are the simple averages of the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment figures obtained at quarterly intervals. 
  • Residents refer to Singapore Citize​ns and Permanent Residents. 
  • p = Preliminary
  • n.a. = Not available
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