Results of Employment Survey for the 2nd Quarter of 2005

Statistics and Census Service released the results of Employment Survey for the second quarter of 2005. Principal indicators such as the labour force participation rate, unemployment rate and underemployment rate have been published in the brief report in July 2005. In the second quarter of 2005, total labour force was estimated at 242,000, within which 232,000 were employed and 10,000 were unemployed. Compared with the previous quarter, the employed population and unemployed population increased 2,100 persons and 100 persons respectively. Within the employed population, 52.3% were male. § Analysed by industry, the majority of the employed population were in Recreational, cultural, gaming & other service activities (16.6%), Manufacturing (15.2%), Wholesale & retail trade (14.7%), as well as Hotel, restaurants & similar activities (10.9%). § In terms of occupation, 20.8% of the employed population were Service & sales workers, Clerks (20.6%) and Unskilled workers (17.3%). § The median actual hours worked per week was 47.4 hours and the median monthly employment earnings was MOP5,701. Within the unemployed, 92.1% were searching for a new job, while 7.9% had never worked and were searching for their first job. With regard to the educational attainment of the unemployed, 12.0% had lower than primary education, 36.2% had primary education, 33.2% had junior secondary education, 13.0% had senior secondary education and 5.6% had tertiary education. Within the unemployed that were searching for a new job: § Analysed by previous industry, the majority had worked in Manufacturing (21.5%), Hotels, restaurants & similar activities (16.5%), Recreational, cultural, gaming & other service activities (14.5%), as well as Construction (13.6%). § In terms of their previous occupation, 27.5% had been Service & sales workers, Unskilled workers (22.1%), as well as Plant & machine operators, drivers & assemblers (15.0%).

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