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Singapore – Unemployment rates in Q2 hold steady at 2.0 per cent

Overall unemployment rate in Singapore remained at 2.0 per cent, but total employment growth slowed in June, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s figures.

Fewer workers were laid off from April to June, when compared to the previous three months. Preliminary estimates released by the Manpower Ministry’s Manpower Research and Statistics Department on Thursday (July 31) showed that the overall seasonally adjusted unemployment rates remained at 2.0 per cent – similar to that of the first quarter. Capture d’écran 2014-07-31 à 14.20.16

According to the latest data, about 2,300 workers were let go – down from around 3,100 in the first quarter. And while the overall seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained low, the numbers also show that job creation has slowed.

The major sectors in the Singapore economy are creating more jobs, just not as fast as before. In the second quarter of this year, there were about 22,000 new jobs – compared with around 28,300 in the previous three months.

“Employment growth is moderating a little bit because it’s not as easy for organisations to find the people that they need at the moment,” said Ian Grundy of Adecco. “It’s a very tight labour market. And there’s probably not the number of people in the job market that many organisations would like to see.”

The good news is, for three consecutive quarters, the number of workers let go has declined. Layoffs fell across all major sectors in the second quarter – led by services (1,500), manufacturing (500), and construction (300). But services also accounted for the lion’s share of jobs created – at 20,100 out of the overall 22,000 figure.

“In any structural adjustment, you’re going to see certain level of creation, and certain level of destruction,” said Assoc Prof Shandre Thangavelu from the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore. “So, we are going through a phase of destruction before we are going to see more creation. And in this process of ‘creative destruction’, we are going to see old jobs being destroyed and new types of skills and jobs will emerge.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Unemployment rates in Q2 hold steady amid tight labour market: MOM – Channel NewsAsia.

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