Hong Kong unemployment rate increases to 5.4%; civil servants may get up to 7.2% pay rise

Hong Kong’s unemployment rate rose to 5.4 per cent in the three months ending in April, the highest since last summer, as harsh Covid-related social-distancing curbs including bar closures and restaurant restrictions took a toll on businesses.

Around 206,100 people were jobless, up by 17,600 from January-March. The food and beverage sector was one of the hardest-hit sectors, going up by 1.9 percentage points to record a 12.9 per cent unemployment rate.

Photo: Candice Chau / HKFP.

Unemployment in the consumption- and tourism-related sectors saw a 1.1 percentage points rise to 10 per cent. The figure for the retail sector rose by 0.6 percentage point to 8.3 per cent.

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