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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 31 October 2006

Employment situation in 3rd Quarter 2006



Employment continues to grow strongly, amid the sustained economic expansion. Preliminary estimates show that employment grew by 41,600 in the third quarter of 2006, much higher than the 28,500 gains in the same period last year.
The increase in employment also exceeds the 36,400 gains in the second quarter of 2006. Cumulatively, employment in the first 9 months of 2006 rose by 123,100. This has already surpassed the 113,300 gains for the whole of 2005.
All major sectors added workers, with the bulk of the gains continuing to come from services (24,600).

Employment rose in manufacturing (11,300), continuing the uptrend that started in late 2003. Amid a pickup in building activities, construction increased its workforce (5,500) for the 7th consecutive quarter.
Preliminary findings from a survey of private sector establishments with at least 25 employees show that 2,300 workers were retrenched in the third quarter of 2006. This is lower than the 3,200 retrenched in the previous quarter and 2,800 in the same quarter last year.
Manufacturing continued to form the bulk of the workers retrenched (1,800), reflecting the on-going restructuring in the electronics industry. Another 500 of the workers laid off came from the services industries.
The seasonally adjusted overall unemployment rate was 2.7% in September 2006, a marked improvement from the 3.2% a year ago. It has also edged down slightly from the 2.8% in June 2006.
The resident unemployment rate held steady at 3.6% (seasonally adjusted) from three months ago, but is significantly lower than 4.2% in September 2005.
On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the overall unemployment rate fell from 3.4% in June 2006, when this year¨s batch of tertiary graduates joined the pool of job seekers, to 2.4% in September 2006, as more of them secured employment.
Among the resident labour force, the non-adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2% in September 2006. An estimated 60,700 residents were unemployed. The seasonally adjusted figure was 67,200.
For More Information
Information on data sources and coverage, as well as definitions of key concepts used in the report is in the attached Explanatory Notes.
The preliminary data estimates are available online at the Ministry of Manpower¨s website: A more detailed breakdown of the preliminary estimates will be released in the Economic Survey of Singapore, Third Quarter 2006.
The above is a statistical release of the Manpower Research and Statistics Department of the Ministry.
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Source: Press Release 31 Oct 2006

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