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

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Hong Kong increased to 3.4 percent three months to March of 2016, after staying at 3.3 percent for eight consecutive periods, the highest since late 2013. The underemployment rate rose to 1.4 percent from 1.3 percent in the preceding period. Unemployment Rate in Hong Kong averaged 3.71 percent from 1981 until 2016, 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.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.40 3.30 8.50 1.00 1981 - 2016 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 April of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-02-23 08:50 AM Jan 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
2016-03-17 08:30 AM Feb 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
2016-04-19 08:30 AM Mar 3.4% 3.3% 3.3%
2016-05-17 08:30 AM Apr 3.4% 3.4%
2016-06-16 08:30 AM May 3.5%
2016-07-19 08:30 AM Jun 3.5%

Hong Kong Jobless Rate at 3-Year High


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Hong Kong increased to 3.4 percent three months to March of 2016, after staying at 3.3 percent for eight consecutive periods, the highest since late 2013. The underemployment rate rose to 1.4 percent from 1.3 percent in the preceding period.

Comparing the three months to March of 2016 with the previous period, the number of unemployed persons (not seasonally adjusted) increased by around 9 700 to 130 400 and the number of underemployed persons went up by around 2 600 to 53 400.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) saw a rise in most of the industry sectors. Increases were more visible in the construction sector and the retail sector. As to the underemployment rate, increases were mainly observed in the construction sector and the food and beverage service activities sector.

Total employment decreased by around 4 600 to 3.811 million while the labour force increased by around 5 100 to 3.942 million.

The Government spokesman for Labour and Welfare said that total employment and labour force grew only slightly over a year earlier. The sustained weakness in inbound tourism and the slackened growth momentum of local consumption lately have increasingly apparent impact on the labour market. Indeed, employment of the consumption and tourism-related sectors, viz. retail, accommodation and food services as a whole, witnessed the 11th consecutive year-on-year decline in January - March 2016. Among them, the retail and accommodation services sectors were hit harder, with their unemployment rates up by 0.4 percentage point and 1.8 percentage points over a year earlier to 5.5 percent and 5.2 percent respectively, higher than the overall unemployment rate.

On the short-term outlook, noting that the corporate hiring sentiment and employment outlook remain clouded by the uncertain economic prospects, and the lacklustre business performance of certain sectors such as retail, as well as the asset market consolidation, the spokesman said, that the potential repercussions of the above factors on the wider economy and labour market warrant particular attention. The Government will stay vigilant and monitor developments closely, especially the employment situation of grassroots workers.

Census and Statistics Department | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
4/19/2016 10:31:28 AM

Hong Kong Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.40 3.30 8.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 3811.80 3816.40 3816.40 2370.60 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 130.40 120.70 307.70 24.90 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.40 61.30 66.50 59.50 percent [+]
Labour Costs 129.60 130.70 148.70 76.20 Index Points [+]
Productivity 153.00 148.30 153.00 99.40 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 71241.00 74666.00 127765.00 15919.00 [+]
Wages 14877.00 14877.00 14877.00 10382.00 HKD/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 199.10 199.10 199.10 141.80 Index Points [+]
Minimum Wages 32.50 30.00 32.50 28.00 HKD/Hour [+]
Population 7.30 7.23 7.30 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 5.50 5.40 10.40 1.90 percent [+]




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