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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​ 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012​ 2013​ 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Resident Labour Force ('000) 1,928.3 1,985.7 2,047.3 2,080.1 2,119.6​ 2,138.8​ 2,185.2​ 2,232.3​ 2,257.6 2,269.7 2,292.7








  Educational Composition (%) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0​ 100.0​ 100.0​ 100.0​ 100.0​ 100.0
      Below Secondary 24.2 24.3 22.2 21.5 20.7 19.8​ 19.2​ 18.2 18.2 17.6 15.9
      Secondary 23.5 24.3 20.0 ​20.2 19.2​ 18.7​ 17.9​ 18.2​ 17.1​ 16.5​ 16.4
      Post-Secondary (Non-Tertiary) 9.6 7.8 12.0 11.8 12.0​ 11.6​ 11.5​ 12.0 11.5 11.3 11.5
      Diploma & Professional Qualification 16.8 16.9 18.1 18.2 18.7​ 18.4​ 19.5​ 19.3 19.4 18.9 19.5
      Degree 25.8 26.7 27.6 28.3 29.4​ 31.5​ 32.0​ 32.2​ 33.7​ 35.7​ 36.7








  Median Age (Years) 41.0​ 41.0​ 41.0​ 42.0​ 42.0​ 42.0​ 43.0​ 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0​
  Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 65.6​ 65.4​ 66.2​ 66.1​ 66.6​ 66.7​ 67.0​ 68.3​ 68.0​ 67.7​ 67.7​
Mid Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012​ 2013​ 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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

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.
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