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Hong Kong’s July to September unemployment at near 16-year high, pressure remains

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly to 6.4 per cent in the period from July to September, as government relief measures provided some support and coronavirus curbs helped contain infections in an economy already in recession.

The figure was the highest in close to 16 years and compared with 6.1 per cent for the period from June to August.

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The underemployment rate remained unchanged, at 3.8 per cent in the two three-month rolling periods. The number of unemployed rose by about 11,500 people to 259,800 in the three months.

Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong said the labour market deteriorated for the third quarter in Hong Kong's third wave of the pandemic, but the pressure showed signs of stabilising as the virus situation abated in September.

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