On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the number of unemployed persons fell by around 2.8 thousand to 119.2 thousand. Decreases were mainly seen in the food and beverage service activities sector and the repair, laundry, domestic and other personal service activities sector. As to the underemployment rate, a decline was mainly seen in the foundation and superstructure works of the construction sector. Employment rose by 14.1 thousand to 3.831 million and the labour force participation rate increased to 61.1 percent from 60.9 percent.
The labour market is expected to remain generally tight in the near term. The employment outlook still hinges on the play-out of various external uncertainties surrounding the local economy down the road.