Leong Sze Hian wrote an article on The Online Citizen deliberately trying to mislead Singaporeans! Just because there are lesser jobs for locals compared to foreigners, doesn’t mean they are discriminated! The fact is there are lesser locals people joining the workforce hence the lower numbers and our unemployment rate remains almost unchanged!
The slower local employment growth since 2015 reflects both structural factors and cyclical effects. Structurally, growth of the local working-age population is slowing, due to smaller cohorts of younger locals entering the workforce, and more “baby boomers” retiring. The resident Labour Force Participation Rate is already high compared to many other countries, with limited upside.2 Due to these factors, local employment growth is expected to continue to be modest.Apart from structural factors, local employment growth since 2015 has been further weighed down by cyclical weakness in the economy due to the subdued global economic conditions, with the impact varied across sectors. Local employment declines in some sectors such as Manufacturing offset local employment growth in other sectors such as Community, Social & Personal Services and Transportation & Storage, resulting in flat local employment.