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Written Answer by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on Unemployed Singaporean Workers Who Gave Up Looking for Work

Notice Paper No. 199 Of 2015 For The Sitting On 14 July 2015 Question No. 282 For Written Answer

MP: Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song

To ask the Minister for Manpower since the beginning of 2015 (a) how many unemployed Singaporean workers gave up looking for work; and (b) how this figure compares with the same period in 2014. 


  1. The proportion of discouraged workers among the citizen labour force had remained low at 0.5% in 2013 and 20141.  These are individuals who were not actively looking for a job because they believed their job search would not yield results. 2014 is the latest data that is available.

Source: Comprehensive Labour Force Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM.