Concepts and Definitions

Long-term unemployed refers to persons who have been unemployed for a specified duration.

In Singapore, Long-term Unemployed Persons are persons aged fifteen years and over who have been unemployed for 25 weeks or more (approximately 6 months or more).  This number expressed as a percentage of all unemployed persons is known as the Share of Long-term Unemployed.

Long-term Unemployment Rate is defined as the percentage of long-term unemployed persons to the labour force. It tells us the proportion of long-term unemployed out of all persons working or seeking work.