Labour force, Employment and Unemployment
– 3rd Quarter 2007

Highlights

1.  From the data collected between July and September 2007, the unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2007 is estimated at 8.2%, lower than the rate of 9.0% at the previous quarter and 9.5% at the third quarter of 2006. Unemployment rate for the year 2007 is estimated at 8.8% against 9.1% in 2006.

2. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2007 works out to 8.6%, slightly higher than the rate of 8.4 % at the previous quarter of 2007 but lower than 9.9% at the third quarter of 2006.

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

  3rd Quarter
 2006
Year 2006  2nd Quarter  2007 3rd Quarter  2007 Year  20071
  Labour Force 550,900  548,100  552,500  552,600  552,700 
      Male 350,300  351,200  355,000  354,600  355,100 
      Female 200,600  196,900  197,500  198,000  197,600 
  Employment 498,300  498,300  502,700  507,500  504,100 
     Male 330,200  332,000  335,000  338,000  336,400 
     Female 168,100  166,300  167,700  169,500  167,700 
  Unemployment 52,600  49,800  49,800  45,100  48,600 
     Male 20,100  19,200  20,000  16,600  18,700 
     Female 32,500  30,600  29,800  28,500  29,900 
  Unemployment rate (%)          
    Both Sexes 9.5    9.1    9.0    8.2    8.8   
    Male 5.7    5.5    5.6    4.7    5.3   
    Female 16.2    15.5    15.1    14.4    15.1   
1 Provisional          

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

·  The 45,100 unemployed comprised 16,600 males (37%) and 28,500 females (63%). 

·  Around 16,000 or about 35% of the unemployed were below 25 years. 

·  Around half (22,600) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (12,600 or 76%) were single while among females, the majority (18,400 or 65%) were ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated). 

·  Some 9,600 or 21% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 21,300 (47%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.  

·  Around 32,000 (72%) had been looking for work for more than one year.  

·  About 29,700 (66%) had working experience and 15,400 (34%) were looking for a job for the first time. 

·  Around 15,900 (35%) were registered at the Employment Service. 

·  There were 7,800 (17%) young persons aged 16 to 24 years, not yet married and looking for a first job. Some 4,100 (53%) 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 10,400. Among them, about 8,400 (81%) had not passed SC. 

·  4,900 or 11% of the unemployed were heads of households. 

·  5,200 (12%) lived in households with no employed persons.
 

December 2007
 

More : Labour force, Employment and Unemployment– 3rd Quarter 2007

Introduction

Table 1 – Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2005 – Q3 2007

Chart 1 - Actual and seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, Q1 2004 – Q3 2007

Table 2 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 3 - Quarterly estimates of labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2005 - 2007

Table 4 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by industrial sector and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population with work experience by industrial sector, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 14 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 3rd quarter 2006 & 2007

Annex 1

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