15 Sep '11, 2am

Singapore employment up in Q2

SINGAPORE: Total employment in Singapore was up by 24,800 in the second quarter, higher than the preliminary estimate of 22,800 released in July. The Manpower Ministry (MOM) in its latest labour market report said the pace of job creation was slower than the first quarter but comparable to the second quarter of last year. Services continued to generate the bulk of the employment gains, though the pace has eased. The sector added 20,200 workers in the second quarter, down from the gains of 26,500 in the previous quarter. Sustained by increased building activities in the public sector, the construction workforce expanded by 3,600, higher than the 1,500 increase in the last quarter. Manufacturing employment rose by 800, up from flat gains from the previous quarter. With the slower employment growth, the overall unemployment rate increased from 1.9 per cent in March to 2.1 per...

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