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Report: Labour Market Third Quarter 2018
Released on:13/12/2018 10:00 AM

​​Report: ​Labour Market Third Quarter 2018

This quarterly release analyses the labour market situation. Topics covered include unemployment, employment, retrenchment, re-entry into employment, job vacancy, labour turnover and hours worked.

Key Findings: Similar to findings from the Labour Market Advance Release, the labour market showed further signs of improvement in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2018. Total employment grew at a faster pace. The resident long-term unemployment rate declined, while their unemployment rate held steady. Fewer workers were retrenched. However, re-entry rates declined, after rising in the previous quarter. The tightening of the labour market may have also started to ease. The ratio of job vacancies to unemployed persons dipped, although there continues to be more vacancies than job seekers. The recruitment rate also declined, after holding steady in past quarters. This suggested some caution in hiring.

This edition also features a technical note on statistics on hours worked, providing an overview of the various measures of working time, and how these measures have trended over time.

For more key findings, please refer to the highlights of the report.



In the version of this report originally published, the figures in Chart 9 were wrongly reported in the magnitude of 0.1% points to 0.3% points. The errors have been corrected in this latest version. There is no impact on the analysis. ​