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Did numbers of foreign workers (passes) really decreased as what local media claims?

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Did Foreign workers on passes “increased”, instead of “decreased”?

The article, “Retrenchments at 5-year low, job vacancies on the rise: Manpower Ministry” from Straits Times on 14 June, states that "the labour market continued to show slight improvements in the first quarter of 2018, with retrenchment figures falling to a five-year low and the number of job openings on the rise." and goes to state, “But it has remained difficult for some groups of people to get back into a job."

It goes on to state that the re-entry rate for residents in the first quarter was 61 per cent, lower than 64 per cent in the........

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