Molly really, really loves this sentence. Occasionally, The Straits Times does some bad reporting that turns out to be unwittingly solid. The paper telling us that PM Lee is actually concerned about the statistics (Singapore's unemployment rate) than about the people themselves. That is why he thanked the people for nice unemployment figures.
Thanks to your sacrifices, the statistics are kept pretty. It's not so much your survival that concerns me, but how you contribute to the country's image as measured by numbers.