Compared to that, 31,700 jobs were created for foreigners in that same year.
Still, that’s “no cause for panic” according to Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say.
Mr Lim says he expects the foreign workforce to grow by twice the rate of the local workforce over the next 5 years – 2 percent versus 1 percent.
He put the current slump in growth of jobs for Singaporeans and PRS down to locals who are retiring.
Mr Lim had already noted last month that the local workforce was facing stagnation.
He stated at the time that between 2010 and this year, local labour-force growth was 1.7 per cent every year.
That’s a drop from the 2.7 per cent growth per year, seen in between the years 2006 and 2010.
Mr Lim has cautioned that “local manpower will be harder and harder to come by” and urged
He has also highlighted the issues of underemployment – whereby workers cannot find jobs that match their needs and skills – and structural unemployment – workers not being able to match up to transformation in different industries.