Labour force, Employment and Unemployment

1st Quarter 2007

Highlights

1.  The estimates of labour force, employment and unemployment now refer to population aged 16 years and above, following the amendment to Labour Act in December 2006 whereby the minimum legal working age is raised from 15 to 16 years. 

2.  From the data collected between January and March 2007, the unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2007 is estimated at 9.6% compared to 8.2% for the previous quarter and 9.2% at the first quarter of 2006. Unemployment rate for the year 2007 is estimated at 9.3% against 9.1% in 2006.  

3.  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2007 works out to 9.1% compared to 9.0 % at the fourth quarter of 2006 and 8.7 % at the first quarter of 2006. 

4.  The table below gives the main estimates of labour force, employment and unemployment

 

1st Quarter 2006 4th Quarter 2006 Year 
2006
1st Quarter 2007 Year 
20071

Labour Force

546,500 540,200 548,100 538,100 555,200

 

Male

351,300 350,300 351,200 350,700 354,600

 

Female

195,200 189,900 196,900 187,400 200,600

Employed

496,200 496,000 498,300 486,600 503,800

 

Male

332,500 334,900 332,000 329,500 334,900

 

Female

163,700 161,100 166,300 157,100 168,900

Unemployed

50,300 44,200 49,800 51,500 51,400

 

Male

18,800 15,400 19,200 21,200 19,700

 

Female

31,500 28,800 30,600 30,300

31,700

Unemployment rate (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both sexes

9.2 8.2 9.1 9.6 9.3

 

Male

5.4 4.4 5.5 6.0 5.6

 

Female

16.1 15.2 15.5 16.2 15.8

1 Provisional estimates

The main characteristics of the unemployed at the first quarter of 2007 were: 

  The 51,500 unemployed comprised 21,200 males (41%) and 30,300 females (59%). 

  Around 23,400 or about 45% of the unemployed were below 25 years. 

  About 27,500 (53%) unemployed were single. The majority males (15,100 or 71%) were single while the majority females (17,900 or 59%) were ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated). 

  Some 14,500 or 28% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 19,200 (37%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.  

  Around 35,600 (70%) had been looking for work for more than one year.  

  About 31,200 (61%) had working experience and 20,300 (39%) were looking for a job for the first time. 

  Around 17,200 (33%) were registered at the Employment Service. 

  There were 11,400 (22%) young persons aged 16 to 24 years, not yet married and looking for a first job. Some 5,100 (45%) of them had not passed SC. 

  Ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated) unemployed persons aged 25 to 44 years and having worked before numbered 10,500. Among them, about 8,000 (76%) had not passed SC. 

  7,900 or 15% of the unemployed were heads of households. 

  6,800 (13%) lived in households with no employed persons.

June 2007

More : Economic and Social Indicator - Labour force, Employment and Unemployment - 1st Quarter 2007

Introduction

Table 1 – Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2005 – Q1 2007

Chart 1 - Actual and seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, Q1 2004 – Q1 2007

Table 2 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 3 - Quarterly estimates of labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2004 - 2007

Table 4 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by industrial sector and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 1st quarter 2006 & 2007

Annex

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