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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     30 November  2011

Singaporean’s income and employment rate rises


Singapore's employment rate rose to a new high this year, reflecting the sustained improvement among women and older folk.

Amid a tight labour market, Singaporeans' income in full-time jobs rose faster than a year ago, even after taking inflation into account.

These are the key findings from a labour force survey conducted in June by the Manpower Ministry's research and statistics department.

The pool of economically-active residents increased over the year by 1.6 per cent in June, lower than the 3.1 per cent growth last year, and the average 2.6 per cent a year from 2001 to this year.

There were 2.08 million people in the republic's labour force as at June.

A total of 66.1 per cent of the populace, aged 15 and above, were either working or actively sought jobs this year, similar to the record 66.2 per cent last year and higher than 64.4 per cent in 2001.

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