Labour force, Employment and Unemployment -
4th Quarter 2006

HIGHLIGHTS

1. From the data collected between October and December 2006, the unemployment rate for the fourth quarter of 2006 is estimated at 8.2% compared to 9.5% for the previous quarter and 8.9% for the corresponding quarter of 2005. Unemployment rate for the year 2006 is estimated at 9.1% against 9.6% in 2005.

2. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the fourth quarter of 2006 works out to 9.1% compared to 10.0 % at the third quarter of 2006 and 9.8 % for the fourth quarter of 2005.

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

 

4.   The main characteristics of the unemployed at the fourth quarter of 2006 were:

• The 44,200 unemployed comprised 15,400 males (35%) and 28,800 females (65%).

• Around 16,400 or about 37% of the unemployed were below 25 years.

• About 20,200 (46%) unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (10,900 or 71%) was single while among females, the majority (19,500 or 68%) was ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated).

• Some 11,300 or 26% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 19,300 (44%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.

• Around 27,400 (63%) had been looking for work for more than one year.

• About 30,600 (69%) had working experience and 13,600 (31%) were looking for a job for the first time.

• Around 15,500 (35%) were registered at the Employment Service.

• There were 6,700 (15%) young persons aged 15 to 24 years, not yet married and looking for a first job. Some 3,300 (49%) 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 11,800. Among them, 9,500 (81%) had not passed SC.

• 5,300 or 12% of the unemployed were heads of households.

• 7,500 (17%) lived in households with no employed persons.

 

March 2007

More : Economic and Social Indicator - Labour force, Employment and Unemployment - Fourth Quarter 2006

Introduction

Table 1 – Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2004 – Q4 2006

Chart 1 - Actual and seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, Q1 2004 – Q4 2006

Table 2 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 3 - Quarterly estimates of labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2004 - 2006

Table 4 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by industrial sector and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 4th quarter 2005 & 2006

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