Labour force, Employment and Unemployment
Second Quarter 2007

Highlights

1.  From the data collected between April and June 2007, the unemployment rate for the second quarter of 2007 is estimated at 9.0%, lower than the rate of 9.6% at the previous quarter and 9.8% at the second quarter of 2006. Unemployment rate for the year 2007 is estimated at 9.2% against 9.1% in 2006.

 2. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the second quarter of 2007 works out to 8.4%, lower than the rate of 9.1 % at the first quarter of 2007 and 9.2 % at the second quarter of 2006.

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

    2nd Quarter     Year  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter Year 
    2006 2006 2007 2007 20071
 Labour force 547,200  548,100  538,100  551,600  555,200 
  Male 351,500  351,200  350,700  354,500  354,600 
  Female 195,700  196,900  187,400  197,100  200,600 
  Employed 493,400  498,300  486,600  502,100  504,300 
  Male 330,800  332,000  329,500  334,700  335,000 
  Female 162,600  166,300  157,100  167,400  169,300 
  Unemployed 53,800  49,800  51,500  49,500  50,900 
  Male 20,700  19,200  21,200  19,800  19,600 
  Female 33,100  30,600  30,300  29,700  31,300 
  Unemployment rate (%)          
  Both Sexes 9.8  9.1  9.6  9.0  9.2 
  Male 5.9  5.5  6.0  5.6  5.5 
  Female 16.9  15.5  16.2  15.1  15.6 
             
1 Provisional estimates          

4.   The main characteristics of the unemployed at the second quarter of 2007 were: 

  The 49,500 unemployed comprised 19,800 males (40%) and 29,700 females (60%).

 

  Around 22,000 or about 44% of the unemployed were below 25 years.

 

  About 27,100 (55%) unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (15,500 or 78%) were single while among females, the majority (18,000 or 61%) were ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated).

 

  Some 9,500 or 19% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 19,700 (40%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.

 

  Around 33,700 (69%) had been looking for work for more than one year.

 

  About 29,900 (60%) had working experience and 19,600 (40%) were looking for a job for the first time.

 

  Around 18,900 (38%) were registered at the Employment Service.

 

  There were 12,600 (25%) young persons aged 16 to 24 years, not yet married and looking for a first job. Some 4,700 (38%) 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 10,800. Among them, about 7,700 (71%) had not passed SC.

 

  4,900 or 10% of the unemployed were heads of households.

 

  4,800 (10%) lived in households with no employed persons.


September 2007

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Introduction

Table 1 – Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2005 – Q2 2007

Chart 1 - Actual and seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, Q1 2004 – Q2 2007

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

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population with work experience by industrial sector, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 14 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 2nd quarter 2006 & 2007

Annex 1

Definition of terms used

Annex 2

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