Why are the labour statistics non-transparent?

Why are the labour statistics non-transparent?

I refer to the article “Unemployment, retrenchments up slightly in Q2 2018: Manpower Ministry” (Straits Times, Jul 27).

It states that “Overall, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up to 2.1 per cent, from 2 per cent in the last quarter from April to June.

For Singaporeans, the rate went up to 3.1 per cent, from 3 per cent.”

As to “Total employment, excluding foreign domestic workers, expanded by 7,100 – a larger increase than the growth of 400 recorded in the first quarter. This was due to improvements in the employment situation of the construction and manufacturing sectors, said MOM” – why is there no breakdown as to how much of the 7,400 employment growth in the first half of the year, went to Singaporeans, permanent residents  (PRs) and foreigners?

With regard to “In June 2018, an estimated 69,500 residents were unemployed, higher than
the 64,800 in March 2018. It rose for citizens (from 57,600 to 60,600)” – if we account for the average of 20,000 new citizens and 30,000 new PRs granted per year – what is the unemployment rate of true-blue Singaporeans?

Since the total workforce has increased to 3,680,200 – why is there still no breakdown into Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners?

Is the percentage of non-Singaporean workers still about 47 per cent, excluding new citizens?

Leong Sze Hian



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6 Responses to “Why are the labour statistics non-transparent?”

  • Mark Twain says . . .:

    > The term was popularised in United States by Mark Twain (among others),
    who attributed it to the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli:
    “There are 3 kinds of lies:
    lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
    so, do AristoCATs got something to hide ??? :(

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  • True facts:

    Alot of locals and young graduates are currently sitting and sleeping at home. Left unemployed la. PMETs keep attending skill-future courses and yet left unemployed. Training and retraining.

    All cover up by them.

    Not nice to show clear picture.

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  • LIONS:

    Mr Leong,go join lim tean,BE PEOPLE’S VOICE!

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  • HarderTruths:

    1. They are faked
    2. The real numbers show $G locals are losing jobs in large numbers to FT
    3. FT control both public and private job markets
    4. $G locals cannot get higher positions as this is closed to them
    5. $G locals only able to work in lower positions drawing lower FT salaries to those they are forced to compete with
    6. No one in the government gives a SH*T

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  • Liars n "Greater Good" Myth:

    There will be upheaval and riots if the truths are out.
    Kick them out if you want transparency.

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  • Cremora:

    People hide things becos they don’t want you to know.
    So the labour stats are either too good for words or
    too embarrassingly poor to reveal.

    Alternatively, the people in charge didn’t know what
    had to be calculated or perhaps didn’t know how to do
    the calculations or didn’t think the calculations are

    We’re not doing well at all on basics. just Look at the
    number of govt online accounts that have beeen hacked
    becos security not there.

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