Singapore - Unemployment





Singapore: Unemployment

Mnemonic LBU.ISGP
Unit Ths., NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 31.83 %
Data 2019 Q3 75.6
2019 Q2 110.9

Series Information

Source Singapore Department of Statistics (DOS)
Release Unemployment - Final Results
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 3/31/1992
End Date 9/30/2019

Singapore: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Unemployment 2019 Q3 75.6 110.9 Ths., NSA Quarterly
Unemployment Rate 2019 Q3 2.3 2.2 %, SA Quarterly
Wage & Salaries 2019 Q2 5,225 6,005 SGD, NSA Quarterly
Secondary Industries Employment 2018 487.6 490 Ths. # End, NSA Annual
Tertiary Industries Employment 2018 2,755 2,700 Ths. # End, NSA Annual
Labor Force 30 Jun 2018 3,675 3,657 Ths. # 365 days
Labor Force Employment 30 Jun 2018 3,575 3,550 Ths. # 365 days
Agriculture Employment 2017 3,887 3,851 # Annual
Total Employment 2017 3,669 3,673 Ths. #, End Annual

Release Information

The survey seeks to collect data on employment, unemployment and other economic characteristics of the population.  The survey covers private households on the main island of Singapore. It excludes workers living in construction worksites, dormitories and workers' quarters at the workplace and persons commuting from abroad to work in Singapore. Estimates of the total labour force are derived by combining data on residents (also known as locals) obtained from the survey with foreign workforce data compiled from administrative records

The survey covers a sample of 10,200 households every month.  Respondents can complete the survey on-line via the internet. The survey is also conducted using telephone or face-to-face interviews.

Concepts and Definitions

Labour Force
This refers to persons aged fifteen years and over who are either employed (i.e. Working) or unemployed (i.e. Available and actively looking for work) during the reference period. This group is also known as the economically active population.

Educational Attainment
This refers to the highest level or standard which a person has passed or attained either through attendance at an institution of learning or through correspondence or self-study.

Reference Period
This refers to the week preceding the date of the survey interview.

Employed Persons
This refers to persons aged fifteen years and over who, during the reference period:

  • Work for one hour or more either for pay, profit or family gains; or
  • Have a job or business to return to but are temporarily absent because of illness, injury, breakdown of machinery at workplace, labour management dispute or other reasons.


Members of the Singapore Armed Forces including full-time National Servicemen are included in the persons employed, unless otherwise specified.

Unemployed Persons
This refers to persons aged fifteen years and over who are not working but are available for work and are actively looking for a job during the reference period. They include persons who are not working but are taking steps to start their own business or taking up a new job after the reference period.