29 Apr '11, 7am

First quarter employment lower: By Keshaya Yap AMID healthy economic expansion, employment creation this year wa...

First quarter employment lower: By Keshaya Yap AMID healthy economic expansion, employment creation this year wa...

People waiting to sign up as bus drivers at a job fair organised jointly by the National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU), Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and the two transport operators. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN AMID healthy economic expansion, employment creation this year was fairly strong as preliminary estimates showed that total employment grew by 23,700 in the first quarter of 2011. The increase was expectedly lower than the seasonal high of 33,900 in the fourth quarter and the robust 36,500 gains in the first quarter of 2010, which were supported by strong hirings from the integrated resorts and the recovery from the 2009 recession. The service sector provided the bulk of employment gains (22,800) in the first quarter of 2011 while construction added 1,100 workers. Manufacturing employment fell by 500, lower than the contraction of 1,200 in the ...

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