More people are landing jobs due to the economic rebound.
According to final Ministry of Manpower (MOM) figures for the first three months of 2010, total employment grew by 36,500 in the first quarter, out of which 33,400 came from the service sector.
To put this in perspective, employment fell by 6,200 in the first quarter of 2009, when Singapore was not spared by the global economic downturn.
The unemployment rate for the resident labour force has also dropped slightly, from 3.3% in December 2009 to 3.2% (or 63,300 residents) in March 2010.
Notably, MOM figures also indicated that diploma holders have been more successful than degree holders when it comes to landing jobs.
The jobless rate for diploma holders halved from 4.1% in March last year to 2.1% this March, while the jobless rate for graduates only improved slightly from 3% to 2.8% in the same period.