Labour force, Employment and Unemployment
4th Quarter 2007

Highlights

1. From the data collected between October and December 2007, the unemployment rate for the fourth quarter of 2007 is estimated at 7.2%, lower than the rate of 8.2% at both the previous quarter and the fourth quarter of 2006. Unemployment rate for the year 2007 is estimated at 8.5% against 9.1% in 2006.

2. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the fourth quarter of 2007 works out to 7.9%, lower than the rate of 8.6% at the previous quarter of 2007 and 8.9% at the fourth quarter of 2006.

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

  4th Quarter  2006  Year 2006 3rd Quarter    2007  4th Quarter   2007 Year 2007
Labour Force 539,800  548,400  552,500  546,100  548,900 
  Male 349,800  351,400  354,600  352,400  353,600 
  Female 190,000  197,000  197,900  193,700  195,300 
Employment 495,800  498,600  507,400  506,800  502,100 
  Male 334,600  332,200  338,000  338,100  335,000 
  Female 161,200  166,400  169,400  168,700  167,100 
Unemployment 44,000  49,800  45,100  39,300  46,800 
  Male 15,200  19,200  16,600  14,300  18,600 
  Female 28,800  30,600  28,500  25,000  28,200 
Unemployment rate (%)          
  Both Sexes 8.2    9.1    8.2    7.2    8.5   
  Male 4.4    5.5    4.7    4.1    5.3   
  Female 15.2    15.5    14.4    12.9    14.4   

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

(i) The 39,300 unemployed comprised 14,300 males (36%) and 25,000 females (64%).

(ii) Around 14,900 or about 38% of the unemployed were below 25 years.

(iii) Around half (18,900) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (11,700 or 82%) was single while among females, the majority (17,800 or 71%) was ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated).

(iv) Some 8,900 or 23% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 18,700 (48%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.

(v) Around 10,400 (26%) had been looking for work for more than one year.

(vi) About 26,600 (68%) had working experience and 12,700 (32%) were looking for a job for the first time.

(vii) Around 14,000 (36%) were registered at the Employment Service.

(viii) There were 7,100 (18%) young persons aged 16 to 24 years, not yet married and looking for a first job. Some 3,900 (55%) of them had not passed SC.

(ix) Ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated) unemployed persons aged 25 to 44 years and having worked before numbered 10,900. Among them, about 8,700 (80%) had not passed SC.

(x) 3,000 or 8% of the unemployed were heads of households.

(xi) 3,700 (9%) lived in households with no employed persons.

March 2008

More: Labour force, Employment and Unemployment 4th Quarter 2007

Introduction

Table 1 Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2006 Q4 2007

Chart 1 - Actual and seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, Q1 2004 Q4 2007

Table 2 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 4th 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, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population with work experience by industrial sector, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

Table 14 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 4th quarter 2006 & 2007

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