Latest News:  


HK jobless rate climbs up to 3.4 pct


18:37, February 21, 2013

HONG KONG, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's jobless rate increased to 3.4 percent in November 2012 to January 2013, from 3.3 percent in October to December 2012, the city's Census and Statistics Department announced on Thursday.

Total employment increased by around 16,400 from 3,689,600 in October to December 2012 to 3,706,000 in November 2012 to January 2013. In the same period, the labor force also increased by around 19,900 from 3,806,600 to 3,826,500.

The rise in the unemployment rate were mainly observed in the postal and courier activities sector, wholesale sector, and foundation and superstructure works of the construction sector.

Commenting on the figures, Secretary for Labor and Welfare Matthew Cheung said that total employment expanded notably to another record high of 3,706,000, partly reflecting a seasonal upsurge in labor demand during the recent festive period.

"On a seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate edged up by 0.1 percentage point to 3.4 percent," he added.

He noted that youth employment has continued to improve as the jobless rate for youths aged 15 to 24 went down by 0.8 percentage point to 6.9 percent during the same period.

On the short-term outlook, Cheung said the latest business tendency survey results indicated that overall business sentiment remains rather cautious amid the uncertainties in the external environment.

We recommend:

New vehicles unveiled at Canadian Int'l Auto Show

Video: Facebook targeted by hackers

Sanya duty-free shops see surging sales

Juniper buries doubts on boom

3D printing reshapes manufacturing

Hongyanhe nuclear power station in NE China

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:YaoChun、Chen Lidan)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. China's 14th escort fleet sails for Somali

  2. Female soldiers training in cold winter

  3. Pakistanis mourn for victims of deadly blast in Quetta

  4. Impressive moments of Beijing since 1950s

  5. Exploring top private clubs in China

  6. Employees punished to run half-naked

  7. A rare sighting

  8. Plastic princess

  9. Liquor makers fined for price monopoly

  10. Keeping the brand full of beans

Most Popular


  1. Keeping the brand full of beans
  2. Brighter outlook for property companies
  3. Lantern Festival losing its luster
  4. How to build new type ties between big powers?
  5. Diplomacy to help China become global power
  6. Commentary: China sees Africa as true friend
  7. Mind your manners
  8. Football penalties 'too soft'
  9. Juvenile crime rules 'hard to follow'
  10. CCTV's Spring Festival Gala: Glory days gone

What’s happening in China

Police dog on duty for first time in Chengdu

  1. Dragons dance firestorm festival
  2. Young job seekers expect more than just wages
  3. Lack of skilled staff hindering growth
  4. Companies struggle to find, keep workers
  5. City experiences sudden baby boom