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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 3,714.8
  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 15.5 14.8 14.1 13.6 13.4 13.1
  Construction​ 12.2 12.6 12.3 12.4 13.1 13.7 13.6 13.7 13.3 12.3 12.0
  Services 67.3 69.2 70.3 70.6 70.2 70.1 70.8 71.4 72.3 73.6 74.2
  Others 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7
  Employment Change ('000)









  Annual 221.6 37.6 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 45.3
  1st Qtr 73.2 -6.2 36.5 28.3 27.2 28.9 28.4 -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 19.3
  4th Qtr 21.3 37.5 33.9 37.6 44.0 40.6 40.7 16.1 2.3 12.7 15.9
  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 38.3
  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 16.7
  4th Qtr 20.4 35.3 30.9 34.3 42.0 37.9 38.3 13.7 1.2 10.7 14.7
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 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012* 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Dec 2018
Overall
Total 221.6 37.6 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 45.3 3,714.8
Total (excl FDW) 213.4 32.9 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 38.3 3,461.0
     Local 64.7 41.8 56.2 37.9 58.7 82.9 96.0 0.7 11.2 21.3 27.4 2,328.8
     Foreign 156.9 -4.2 59.7 84.8 70.4 53.3 34.0 31.6 5.7 -24.9 17.9 1,386.0
     Foreign (excl FDW) 148.7 -8.9 54.4 79.8 67.1 48.4 26.0 22.6 -2.5 -32.0 10.9 1,132.2
Manufacturing
 Total 19.5 -43.9 -0.8 5.3 8.3 4.8 -3.9 -21.2 -14.4 -10.9 -2.4 487.6
     Local -4.6 -9.5 -0.1 -1.2 -1.0 1.4 0.7 -6.6 -5.6 -1.0 -1.8 245.0
     Foreign 24.1 -34.3 -0.7 6.5 9.4 3.4 -4.6 -14.5 -8.7 -9.9 -0.6 242.6
Construction
  Total 64.0 24.0 3.4 21.8 40.4 38.5 14.7 7.2 -11.3 -38.3 -7.1 444.7
     Local 5.2 4.3 -0.4 2.0 5.5 6.6 5.1 0.5 -1.3 -5.5 -1.7 117.1
     Foreign 58.9 19.7 3.8 19.9 34.9 31.9 9.7 6.7 -10.0 -32.8 -5.4 327.6
Services
  Total 136.4​ 58.6​ 112.6​ 94.9​ 78.6​ 91.2 118.5​ 45.6 42.8 46.0 54.9 2,755.3
  Total (excl FDW) 128.2 53.9 107.3 89.9 75.3 86.3 110.5 36.6 34.6 39.0 47.8 2,501.5
     Local 63.1 48.2 56.3 36.6 52.7 73.5 89.8 6.4 18.4 28.3 31.2 1,944.8
   ​  Foreign
73.4​ 10.4 ​ 56.2​ 58.2​ 25.9​ 17.7​ 28.7​ 39.2 24.4 17.7 23.7 ​810.5
     Foreign (excl FDW) 65.2 5.7 50.9 53.3 22.6 12.8 20.7 30.2 16.2 10.7 16.6 556.7
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012* 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Dec 2018

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

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 2010 and SSIC 2015 from 2011 onwards.
  • *Data for 2012 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 13 March 2019 17:40:49
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