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Singapore's Unemployment Rate Rises To 2.1 Per Cent In March

April 30, 2012

Singapore's seasonally adjusted overall unemployment rate increased slightly to 2.1 per cent in March 2012 from 2.0 per cent in December last year.

Total employment is estimated to have grown by 27,400 in the first quarter of 2012.

The increase was lower than the seasonal high of 37,600 in the fourth quarter and the 28,300 in the first quarter of 2011.

Although job creation moderated slightly in the first quarter of 2012, it remains fairly strong.

These are the key findings from the "Employment Situation, First Quarter 2012" report, released by the Ministry of Manpower Research and Statistics Department, here today.


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