S'pore population up to 5.31 million due to 'strong manpower demand'
Published on Sep 28, 2012 11:37 AM
The total population in Singapore hit 5.31 million at the end of June, up from 5.18 million a year ago, according to the Government's annual Population in Brief report released on Friday morning.
The citizen population grew to 3.29 million, up from 3.26 million in June 2011, while the number of permanent residents (PR) stayed fairly stable at 0.53 million.
The biggest jump was in non-residents, which include foreign workers, their dependents, and foreign students. There were 1.49 million non-residents in June, up from 1.39 million a year before.
The report said this 7.2 per cent rise was "due to strong manpower demand in a tight domestic labour environment".
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