I refer to the article “Local workers, note where the job compass is pointing” (Straits Times, Jan 29).

Jobs growth: locals 100, foreigners 31,700?

It states that “The number of locals in jobs last year increased by just 100, near zero growth. It is the worst showing since the 1998 Asian financial crisis. Even during the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008, more locals landed jobs then, than last year.

And almost all the employment growth last year – 31,800 more workers were in jobs – came from foreign workers.”

S’poreans’ unemployment rate unchanged?

As a follow-up to my article “99.7% of jobs growth to foreigners?” (Jan 28) – I find it rather puzzling that the unemployment rate for citizens remain unchanged when local jobs growth for 2015 was only 100 jobs.

New entrants to workforce?

Surely, the new entrants to the work force in the year may exceed those who died, retired, left Singapore and stopped looking for jobs.

50,000 new citizens & PRs?

Also, if the number of new citizens and permanent residents (PRs) granted in 2015 was about the same as the 50,202 (20348 new citizens + 29,854 new PRs) in 2014 – how is it possible that the local jobs growth was only 100?

Negative S’poreans’ job growth?

In view of the above, perhaps the true-blue Singaporeans’ job growth may have been negative in the thousands.

Reciprocate trust with more help?

Since the people have given their trust and mandate – shouldn’t we reciprocate by being more transparent?


Leong Sze Hian

A.S.S. Contributor

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