Hong Kong Unemployment Rate  1981-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Hong Kong was recorded at 3.3 percent for the sixth consecutive period in the three months to December of 2015. The underemployment rate increased to 1.4 percent from 1.3 percent in the three months to November of 2015. Unemployment Rate in Hong Kong averaged 3.71 percent from 1981 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 8.50 percent in June of 2003 and a record low of 1 percent in July of 1989. Unemployment Rate in Hong Kong is reported by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.30 3.30 8.50 1.00 1981 - 2015 percent Monthly
In Hong Kong, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Hong Kong Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Hong Kong Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-11-17 08:30 AM Oct 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
2015-12-17 08:30 AM Nov 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
2016-01-19 08:30 AM Dec 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
2016-02-23 08:30 AM Jan 3.3% 3.3%
2016-03-17 08:30 AM Feb 3.3%
2016-04-19 08:30 AM Mar 3.30%

Hong Kong Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.3%


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Hong Kong was recorded at 3.3 percent for the sixth consecutive period in the three months to December of 2015. The underemployment rate increased to 1.4 percent from 1.3 percent in the three months to November of 2015.

Comparing the three months to December with the previous period, the number of unemployed persons (not seasonally adjusted) decreased by around 7 500 to 121 600 while number of underemployed increased by around 1 000 to 53 500.

Unemployment went up in the information and communications sector while a decrease was mainly seen in the warehousing and support activities for transportation sector. As to the underemployment rate, an increase was mainly seen in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector.

Total employment increased by around 13 300 to 3 803 900 and the labour force rose by around 5 800 to 3 925 500.

Census and Statistics Department | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/19/2016 9:11:36 AM

Hong Kong Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.30 3.30 8.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 3803.90 3790.60 3808.50 2370.60 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 121.60 129.10 307.70 24.90 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.10 61.10 66.50 59.50 percent [+]
Labour Costs 130.70 148.70 148.70 76.20 Index Points [+]
Productivity 153.00 148.30 153.00 99.40 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 74666.00 78379.00 127765.00 15919.00 [+]
Wages 14877.00 14877.00 14877.00 10382.00 HKD/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 199.10 196.60 199.10 141.80 Index Points [+]
Minimum Wages 32.50 30.00 32.50 28.00 HKD/Hour [+]
Population 7.23 7.22 7.23 3.08 Million [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 60.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 60.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 5.60 6.40 10.40 1.90 percent [+]




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