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More find jobs last year amid tight labour market

Total employment up by 134,900; locals filled 60% of the jobs

Published on Jan 30, 2014 7:45 AM

More people in Singapore found jobs last year amid a tight labour market.

Total employment grew by an estimated 134,900 in 2013, up from 129,100 the year before, according to a report released by the Manpower Ministry (MOM) yesterday.

Over 60 per cent of these jobs went to locals, that is Singaporeans and permanent residents, as curbs on foreign manpower continued to bite.

Most of the employment growth came in the services sector, followed by construction and manufacturing - although the latter two also laid off more workers than in 2012.

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