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S'pore unemployment remains low in Q3

SINGAPORE: Singapore's overall unemployment remained low in the third quarter of 2013.

According to the Ministry of Manpower's report on the employment situation in the third quarter of 2013, the unemployment rate was 1.8 per cent in September, down from 2.1 per cent in June.

MOM said employment growth was driven mainly by services and construction which added more workers than in the same period last year.

Total employment rose by 28,100 in the third quarter of 2013.

Total employment was 3,448,300 in September 2013, which was 4.1 per cent higher than a year ago.

Redundancy declined after increasing in the previous quarter.

Some 2,600 workers were laid off in the third quarter of 2013.

This is down from 3,080 in the preceding quarter and 2,850 in the third quarter of 2012.

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