The number of unemployed persons (not seasonally adjusted) in April - June 2015 increased by around 2 200 to 129 900 from March - May 2015 (127 700). Over the same period, the number of underemployed persons increased by around 2 700 from 52 900 to 55 600.
The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) increased in the information and communications sector, while a decrease was mainly seen in the construction sector. As to the underemployment rate, an increase was mainly observed in the construction sector.
Total employment increased by around 11 500 from 3 780 100 in March - May 2015 to 3 791 600 in April - June 2015. Over the same period, the labour force also increased by around 13 800 from 3 907 700 to 3 921 500.
On the short-term outlook, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare said "With the entry of fresh graduates and school leavers into the labour force during summer, the labour supply is likely to increase in the near term. Meanwhile, the job and income prospects of consumption-related sectors will continue to hinge on the performance of inbound tourism. We will keep monitoring development closely, in particular the employment situation of grassroots employees in the sectors concerned."