Unemployment rate for Singaporeans fall in April

The unemployment rate among Singaporeans continued to fall in April, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Thursday (June 3).

“The unemployment situation continues to improve in April 2021,” said MOM in its April report on Singapore’s unemployment.

The citizen unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point to 4.1%, while Singapore’s rate fell from 4% to 3.9%.

Overall, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.9%.

A total of 92,100 people were unemployed in April, including 82,800 residents, the report said. Resident refers to Singaporeans and permanent residents.

The unemployment rate in Singapore last peaked in September 2020 and has been steady or declining month-on-month since then.

Personnel Minister Tan Zee Leng said on Facebook on Thursday that he was aware that the unemployment rate was “rising”.

“We will continue to monitor the unemployment rate closely, especially as companies in certain sectors are again facing challenges (raising concerns) with the recent tightening of phase 2 measures.

MOM said on April 24 that preliminary projections showed that total employment rose for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2021.

MOM publishes monthly unemployment figures from July 2020. Previously, percentages were published quarterly.