Unemployment figures for Singaporeans likely to be higher than what is reported

The unemployment rate of Singaporeans has increased for the past 5-6 years. Everyday, we encounter young Singaporean graduates having to drive Grab or Go-Jek to make a living. Many of them drive up to 14 hours a day to make ends meet.

We are sure this was not the “Singapore dream” their parents told them as they were growing up. Neither was this the future their parents expected for their children. Many still remember what Lee Kuan Yew used to tell the Nation, that human capital was the only resource our Country had and that education would enable everyone to have a brighter future and better life. Alas, his successors have failed spectacularly in their ability to improve the lives of Singaporeans.

The figures for unemployment for Singaporeans would be even higher if there is no sleight of hand in the statistics which are produced. As Leong Sze Hian points out in this article, why are PRs and Singaporeans lumped together as far as the unemployment figures are concerned? They should be separated so that we know what is the unemployment figure for Singaporeans!

The problem is exacerbated by the new citizens which are made every year – more than 20,000. The majority of them would be employed, and their effect is to again disguise the true unemployment rate of indigenous Singaporeans, because these new citizens enlarge the base of “Singaporeans”.

Kenneth Jeyaretnam commented yesterday that it is possible that the unemployment figures in Singapore could be higher than that of the UK or the US.

It is time the authorities come out with the statistics that show the true rate of unemployment for indigenous Singaporeans. We are sure it is not a pretty sight. Otherwise, we should all demand for accountability and transparency in this area!

 

 

Lim Tean

 

 

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24 Responses to “Unemployment figures for Singaporeans likely to be higher than what is reported”

  • Rejoinder for Crony-capitalist:

    “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest… No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable … To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.”
    - Adam Smith

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  • Blame the parents:

    They have only themselves to blame for not telling the parents how the good talent Singaporeans r emigrating n what lky told them abt having all the talents in PAP n none outside. The talents pap under lky were also fake n willing to polampa or in lky ,borrowed human form lhy said bureaucratic compliancy n evil extermination of his nepotic regime n replaced by all his plps converted to GFWs working in unison with new GFWs or Grelatives like the berrachan n Bullshit medical cost bad heart Hen relative to top of the musical chair circuit the $8 nincompoop.

    When lky telling them in the face n pronounced that Singaporeans incl their parents that they r daft, some even rejoiced thinking the nepotic tyrant call them peace loving like dove. How chronic! So these young men should from now return home n curse loudly the pimps and prostitutes r swelling themselves with dollars n performing negative investment to secure fake evil international honours. Perhaps now old n young are infused will bring the d**honourable n betraying thieves n daylight robbers not forgetting also the street urchin waiting to knocknog grandfather’s choice. Le nepotic sago sounds like kangxi, yongzen n qianlong tripartite family slaughter. Lau li hopes perhaps it would turn out to be like kangxi but who knows little gorilla with his street urchin mentality may crawled his gorilla buttmarked target or lauli preferene to pieces. Is this karma in the horizon? Tau believes it is n signs r getting stronger as red is seen rising all around gorilla den. Perhaps a new SINDish is in the making barbecued Gorilla in place of barbecued whole lamb. That will be day for celebration!

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  • opposition dude:

    That wayang forever “3% unemployment rate for Singaporeans” seems to have stopped as well. We all know it’s easily way more than 3%, I would not be surprised if it was above 10% to be honest.

    This coming GE you know what to do to send a clear message to the donkeys.

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  • Statistics101:

    take information reported by the mainstream media with a pinch of salt.. Unemployment figures are tabulated only for 6 months interim snapshot statistics in Singapore

    if the unemployment figure of 5% is reported it means the people are unemployed for a period of less than 6 months. Those who are unemployed for more than 6 months from the last tabulation are not counted in the figures in the next interim statistic snapshot…

    Therefore if u take a yearly interim statistic snapshot ,the reported rates for yearly is likely to be in the range of 10%-15% because we cannot assume that those who are unemployed got employed after 6 months…

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  • All men equal SIN M Fake!:

    All men r equal is fake, Minister berrachan will declare as he has no problem to import foreigners to kpbootbout daft Singaporeans from their jobs. So how can all men r equal when he has no problem but his once LP has the problem so he promised get the foreigners out n no in. Khaw said $8 but Hen thru his GFWs said his bill is 10000 times. At least one is a damn outright liar so liar tell you lies r true n truth r lies? Hopefully the CJ is not so baffled as to believe what he learn n believe in school in his religios lessons n from his ancesters r now just as fake is real n lies r truth n truths r lies.
    Injustice is SIN justice. Those telling truth contempt n those who destroyed n spray shits r decorated.

    All law enforces, go to church, temples, mosques n Taikuan to beg for enlightenment. Gone is sanity in SIN spending billions to sink deeper in the Gorilla den. Berrachan smells shits sweet n clean white jasmine stinks. no wonder ministers r fpgiven the power as they only think thru the shithole instead of the top so everything is negative just as investment is negative n getsvpraised from the benefactors who will then honour the fakes.

    Trump must be trumping hard ar the new found shits to prepaise the shit n discard the gold.

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  • Singapore Fooled Again n Again:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, those who are unemployed and still not able to find work after 6 months will be out of the counting statistic right? And those who took up part time work, underemployed work also not counted in right? Those who are forced by circumstances to be self-employed, be it Grab drivers, insurance agents, property agents, hawkers, small business owners also not counted in the statistics right?

    No wonder our employment figure is so “unbelievable” low

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  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    Don’t know whether to cry or blame. See so many Singaporean food deliverymen of all races rushing up and down delivering foods to mostly FTs working here.

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  • GDP audit:

    If anyone can prove to me that GDP can be audited by IMF, then I would be impressed.

    If GDP cannot be audited by IMF, can we trust IMF?

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  • Never never never:

    3 things we will never get to know in this lifetime
    1.Unemployment rate of true blue sinkies.
    2.The j*n* salary
    3.Trump’s tax returns
    Some think these are state secrets.

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  • Another good news from PAP:

    I am very happy to hear that locals are retenched, unemployed and jobless. This is awesome that PAP’s good job is working fantastic. People here are still very naive and trusting the government. Only when they affected then they wake up and start to complain. That’s too late. Serve them right! I dun trust or have faith in this country donkey yrs ago.
    Recently a 69yr man warded at NTF hospital died of choking food according to the news report. I couldn’t believe such reason. NVM I knew this would happened given as the cause.
    I share my personal experience that happened at KTPH. The consultant was egoitics and commanding behaving like shit. She advised me against removing the metal out from my elbow saying if it doesn’t affect my life. She gave me 4 mths to consider and 2 mths already seen her. So a total of 6mths would be wasted and by then it might be too late to remove as the flesh grow and stick to the metal. She was very stubborn, continued and refused to do the surgery. Made a complaint to NHG but was reverted to KTPH but hospital came back that she did the right thing. Hospital only said the right things but not the wrong things. This is how things are going here.
    They too k about 2 weeks to reply. I replied and said that I had it removed 2 weeks ago without any I issues like before that I faced. This is outrageous. The quality and mentality of the people here. The KL surgeon highly reminded me to get it removed after surgery 6 mths later.
    He stitches the wound without trace and no one would notice. But the associate(low rank)surgeon stictched the wound with deep thick lines. Made a complaint and as usual cover up. KL surgeon would be angry becos the SG surgeon dirtied his job.
    Recently at TTSH dental tools not sterilised as rpeorted. I regretted I should had gone back to KL for the removal. What can I say cost KL S$5000 against SG $500 after subsidy. Dun make me laugh SG a medical hub?
    Neevr trust including SPF etc

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  • Hopelessly Stupid:

    Educated dafts are very good at parroting and complaining.
    They kaopeh a lot and yet when comes to election, they ask “what can oppositions do” and this opposition no good, that opposition is a joke and use Bobian excuse.
    Their pain relief comes from criticizing what oppositions cannot and should do for them but never say they have the resolute to wipe out the root cause of the issues, which is the PAP.

    No one, except the PAP, is the sole cause of the mess in Singapore today.
    PAP milked the dafts for money, they changed the rules to keep themselves in power. They enriched themselves when in power. They adulterated democracy to suit their selfish purposes. They recruited lemmings and cronies. They stole, cheated, hookwinked and lied.

    The recent event has clearly shown that anyone, such as a shameless blogger, who lied and offer cheat patronizing words to PAP can get VIP treatment. There is no way that such publicity stunts could work in the first world. Such devious characters flocked to this place because they could get cheap rewards and free shelter easily. They will leave when the goodies are used up.

    This coming election should be a no brainer.
    There can only be one sure choice, not to vote for PAP.

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  • You Can Know:

    Never never never:
    3 things we will never get to know in this lifetime
    1.Unemployment rate of true blue sinkies.
    2.The j*n* salary
    3.Trump’s tax returns
    Some think these are state secrets.

    You will know these when PAP is kicked out.

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  • hardest truths:

    no need to cry father cry mother. before the time comes to put the x in the box, make sure you grow a pair first, then go and do it. that is the only way to get out of this mess WE put ourselves into in the first place!

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  • True facts:

    Many sinkis have been unemployed more than six months n no choice they driving grab now.

    That’s why they dare not report on the actual unemployment figures. All cover up.

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  • True facts:

    With so many fts imported how to get jobs there r not enough jobs in the mkt to fight for it.

    All prefer cheap labour.

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  • Perspective:

    The “indigenous” Singaporeans should be defined as locals whose ancestry or parentage can be traced back at least 3 generations to the Pioneer Generation – children, parents, grand parents and perhaps further back.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Unemployed citizens are seen by the government as weak and therefore unable to compete wit h FT and succeed. The Law of the Strongest has always been their greatest weapon.

    In their eyes failure is not their fault – it is the fault of the citizen for not performing. Therefore they are making sure $G gets the strongest people (i.e. FT) regardless of how this is done.

    Hence ‘you die your business’.

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  • too much politics:

    fake news is all we get.. .
    all the huge halaboloo laws re fake news when they are the biggest producers of it.

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  • LIONS:

    lets be brutally honest here even if it DOES NOT SOUND GOOD NOR FEEL GOOD.
    TRUTH is PAP GAHMEN ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH THEIR OWN WELFARE like they cowpeh constantly about their very LOW $1 MILLION OR MORE PAYCHECK.

    BUT,they heck care if sgs lose their jobs to fake FTs they KEEP DUMPING here like trash?
    anyway,do sgs care?

    if so,why they vote like idiots?

    AFTER SO MANY GEs,any chap who votes knows full well that if you VOTE PAP,YOU GET MORE FTs.

    dont believe,go ahead,make my day.

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  • Elaine Ho Ingrate:

    Those housewives who left employment to raise children included?

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  • never voted pap:

    Never never never:
    3 things we will never get to know in this lifetime
    1.Unemployment rate of true blue sinkies.
    2.The j*n* salary
    3.Trump’s tax returns
    Some think these are state secrets.

    bro, we have a different view of points 1 and 2.

    when New Government forms, and j*n* whether alive or dead, New Government can investigate and publish the truth now hidden by pap S$m gang.

    when New Government forms does not matter. New Government shall form. a matter of timing, a matter of sooner or later.

    if j*n* is still alive when New Government forms, good. if not, New Government can still investigate and reveal truth by crossing out historical lies now told to 70% sheep.

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  • Went to Japan:

    Last GE, the young generation voted PAP for a brighter future, guess this is what they have voted for.

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  • Regime change is the solution.:

    I am not surprised or sorry for Singaporeans. They got what they voted for. It is that simple.

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  • Rampant Abuses of WIS:

    Rampant Abuses of WIS (Workfare Income Supplement) programme is contributing to the false unemployment figure for Singaporeans. On statistics, it may seem many Singaporeans are gainfully employed. However, some are retirees (aunties and uncles in their 70s and beyond) engaged in bogus employment to benefit from the generous WIS programme (about $3,600 to $4,000 annually).

    It’s everyone for himself. These retirees may not care/understand they are actually robbing jobs from fellow Singaporeans. Employers who prefer foreign workers would engaged such bogus employees and contribute a small sum to their CPF account monthly. So, these bogus Singaporean/PR employees are now gainfully employed as the statistics indicates so. Of course, the employers can now hire more younger/cheaper foreign workers with each bogus Singaporean/PR employees they engaged.

    I have friends in their 70s who are still working (honest low wage employment), and they deserve to benefit from the WIS programme.

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