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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​ 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  Employment Level as at
  Year-end ('000)
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 3,784.5 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 16.8 16.3 15.9 15.5 14.8 14.1 13.6 13.4 13.1 12.8 n.a
  Construction​ 12.2 12.4 13.1 13.7 13.6 13.7 13.3 12.3 12.0 12.1 n.a
  Services 70.3 70.6 70.2 70.1 70.8 71.4 72.3 73.6 74.2 74.4 n.a
  Others 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 n.a
  Employment Change ('000)









  Annual 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 45.3 69.8 n.a
  1st Qtr 36.5 28.3 27.2 28.9 28.4 -6.1 13.0 -6.8 3.7 13.9 -19.5p
  2nd Qtr 24.9 24.8 31.7 33.7 27.7 9.7 4.2 -7.3 6.5 6.8 n.a
  3rd Qtr 20.5 31.9 26.2 33.1 33.4 12.6 -2.7 -2.3 19.3 27.6 n.a
  4th Qtr 33.9 37.6 44.0 40.6 40.7 16.1 2.3 12.7 15.9 21.5 n.a
  Employment Change (excl FDW) ('000)









  Annual 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 38.3 61.7 n.a
  1st Qtr 32.9 27.6 25.3 28.5 25.9 -8.6 9.5 -9.4 0.4 11.2 -19.9p
  2nd Qtr 24.4 24.7 31.6 32.7 26.3 7.6 2.1 -7.9 6.5 7.5 n.a
  3rd Qtr 22.4 31.1 27.0 32.3 31.5 10.5 -4.2 -4.1 16.7 23.3 n.a
  4th Qtr 30.9 34.3 42.0 37.9 38.3 13.7 1.2 10.7 14.7 19.8 n.a
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Annual Employment Change by Industry and Residential Status ('000)​
Employment
Level ('000)​
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Dec 2019
Overall
Total 37.6 115.9 122.6 129.1 136.2 130.1 32.3 16.8 -3.6 45.3 69.8 3,784.5
Total (excl FDW) 32.9 110.6 117.7 125.8 131.3 122.1 23.3 8.6 -10.7 38.3 61.7 3,522.7
     Local 41.8 56.2 37.9 58.7 82.9 96.0 0.7 11.2 21.3 27.4 28.3 2,357.1
     Foreign -4.2 59.7 84.8 70.4 53.3 34.0 31.6 5.7 -24.9 17.9 41.5 1,427.5
     Foreign (excl FDW) -8.9 54.4 79.8 67.1 48.4 26.0 22.6 -2.5 -32.0 10.9 33.5 1,165.6
Manufacturing
 Total -42.6 4.6 5.8 8.3 4.8 -3.9 -21.2 -14.4 -10.9 -2.4 -2.1 486.1
     Local -8.3 -5.2 -0.5 -1.0 1.4 0.7 -6.6 -5.6 -1.0 -1.8 -2.0 243.4
     Foreign -34.3 -0.7 6.3 9.4 3.4 -4.6 -14.5 -8.7 -9.9 -0.6 -0.1 242.7
Construction
  Total 24.2 0.5 21.8 40.4 38.5 14.7 7.2 -11.3 -38.3 -7.1 12.6 456.8
     Local 4.5 -3.3 2.2 5.5 6.6 5.1 0.5 -1.3 -5.5 -1.7 -1.4 115.5
     Foreign 19.7 3.8 19.7 34.9 31.9 9.7 6.7 -10.0 -32.8 -5.4 14.0 341.4
Services
  Total 57.2 110.3​ 94.2​ 78.6​ 91.2 118.5​ 45.6 42.8 46.0 54.9 59.4 2,814.7
  Total (excl FDW) 52.6 105.0 89.2 75.3 86.3 110.5 36.6 34.6 39.0 47.8 51.3 2,552.8
     Local 46.9 54.0 35.5 52.7 73.5 89.8 6.4 18.4 28.3 31.2 31.9 1,976.7
   ​  Foreign
10.4 56.2​ 58.6 25.9​ 17.7​ 28.7​ 39.2 24.4 17.7 23.7 27.5 ​838.0
     Foreign (excl FDW) 5.7 50.9 53.7 22.6 12.8 20.7 30.2 16.2 10.7 16.6 19.5 576.1
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Dec 2019

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, and SSIC 2015 from 2009 onwards.
  • 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.
  • Figures for 2019 have been updated to include employment figures for those on pre-approved LOC (Letter of Consent).
  • p = Preliminary
  • n.a. = Not available
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