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Prolonged economic weakness may stir trouble in labour markets

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Manufacturing activity reports from across the world may have set the stage for a sharp pullback in growth in the first quarter of this year.

The slide in the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for last month in Singapore reflects the damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak here. It also shows the potential trouble it may have in store for the labour market.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2020, with the headline Prolonged economic weakness may stir trouble in labour markets. Subscribe