Singapore - Labor Force

Singapore: Labor Force

Mnemonic LBF.ISGP
Unit Ths. #
Undefined 1.82 %
Data 30 Jun 2019 3,742
30 Jun 2018 3,675

Series Information

Source Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Release Labor market statistics
Frequency Annual (June)
Start Date 6/30/1970
End Date 6/30/2019

Singapore: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Unemployment 2021 Q2 125.9 93.1 Ths., NSA Quarterly
Unemployment Rate 2021 Q2 2.7 2.9 %, SA Quarterly
Wage & Salaries 2021 Q2 5,474 6,159 SGD, NSA Quarterly
Secondary Industries Employment 2020 447 484.8 Ths. # End, NSA Annual
Tertiary Industries Employment 2020 2,724 2,816 Ths. # End, NSA Annual
Labor Force 30 Jun 2019 3,742 3,675 Ths. # 365 days
Labor Force Employment 30 Jun 2019 3,631 3,575 Ths. # 365 days
Agriculture Employment 2017 3,887 3,851 # Annual
Total Employment 2017 3,669 3,673 Ths. #, End Annual

Release Information

For Singapore: labor force, unemployment and employment by industry. Annual from 1990.

Employment data comprise all persons in employment i.e. employees and the self-employed. However, it excludes men who are serving their two-year full-time national service liability in the Singapore Armed Forces, Police and Civil Defence Forces.

In Singapore, employment statistics are compiled from two major sources:

(1) Administrative records, where 

  • local employee data are compiled from the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board’s administrative records,  
  • data on foreigners working in Singapore are compiled from administrative records of foreigners on valid work passes issued by the Ministry of Manpower, and  
  • self-employed data are estimated from the Labour Force Survey.

(2) Comprehensive Labour Force Survey (LFS)

Industrial classification: SSIC, which is revised every five years.

Only seasonally adjusted figures are revised.

SSIC 2015 has 22 sections (numbered A to V), but labor data are typically reported as 10 industry branches which include single sections and aggregates. There are three residual categories that may appear, but are not always defined:

  • Other goods, defined in Economic Survey of Singapore (MTI, 2010) as agriculture, fishery and quarrying.
  • Other services, defined in (ibid) as utilities, sewerage and waste management.
  • Other, defined in Employment Trend and Structure (MOM, 2004) as agriculture, fishery, quarrying and utilities. 

Some countries report a "total" which is actually "non-agricultural employment", but since agriculture accounts for only