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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 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Overall Unemployment Rate (%)










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










   Mar 2.7 1.9 3.2 2.2 1.9 2.1 1.9 2.1 1.8 1.9 2.3p
   Jun 2.3 2.2 3.2 2.2 2.0 1.9 2.0 1.9 1.9 2.1 n.a.
   Sep 1.7 2.3 3.3 2.1 2.1 2.0 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.1 n.a.
   Dec 1.7 2.7 2.3 2.2 2.1 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.2 n.a.
  Resident Unemployment Rate (%)










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










   Mar 3.7 2.7 4.6 3.2 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.6 2.7 3.2p
   Jun 3.1 3.0 4.5 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.8 3.0 n.a.
   Sep​ 2.4 3.4 4.9 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.7 2.9 2.9 n.a.
   Dec​ 2.5 3.9 3.3 3.1 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.9 3.2 n.a.
  Unemployed Residents ('000)
   Annual Average 56.7 62.9 86.9 64.8 60.6 60.0 59.8 61.2 62.5 67.4 n.a.
   Seasonally Adjusted as at​
   Mar 71.6 51.8 91.8 66.1 57.3 62.5 60.9 62.6 57.7 60.4 74.4p
   Jun 59.3 58.9 89.5 64.6 61.3 59.3 61.6 60.8 62.6 68.4 n.a.
   Sep 47.5 66.6 98.1 63.4 61.7 60.6 56.6 61.2 65.3 66.6 n.a.
    Dec 47.7 77.4 67.2 65.0 62.2 58.2 59.1 61.0 64.6 73.9 n.a.
  Median Duration of Unemployment
  Among Unemployed Residents (June)
  (Non-Seasonally Adjusted)
8.0​ 6.0 10.0 8.0 8.0​ 8.0​ 8.0​ 8.0 8.0 8.0 n.a.
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Resident Long-Term Unemployment 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013​ 2014 2015 2016
   Annual Average​
   Rate (%)​ 0.7 0.5​ 0.5 0.9​ 0.7​ 0.6​ 0.6​ 0.6​ 0.6 0.6​ 0.8
   Number ('000)​ 13.5​ 9.9 9.8 18.7​ 13.7​ 12.2​ 12.6 13.4​ 12.1 12.7 17.0
Resident Long-Term Unemployment 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

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

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. For details, please see explanatory notes on Revision to Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Data​
  • 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. 
  • Long-term unemployed refers to persons aged fifteen years and over who have been unemployed for 25 weeks or more.
  • Long-term unemployment rate is defined as the percentage of long-term unemployed persons to the labour force.
  • p = Preliminary
  • n.a. = Not available
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