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Underemployment

Educated with a dead-beat job the unseen legacy of Europe’s crisis

As the first anniversary of her graduation in eco-tourism and cultural history approaches, Linnea Borjars remains jobless and frustrated.

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 3:18pm 1 comment

Cautionary fable from 1994 holds good for China today

If China's new leaders really want to understand the economic challenge they face, they should dig out an essay published in the November 1994 edition of Foreign Affairs magazine by American economics professor Paul Krugman.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:14am 3 comments

HK unemployment shows slight rise

Unemployment has increased slightly, the first rise in nearly two years, but total employment has reached a record high of 3.5 million.

Provisional government figures show unemployment from June to August rose by 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.2 per cent.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Masseurs' low pay a mistake: union boss

Unionist lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan hit back yesterday at a challenge that the Confederation of Trade Unions paid its workers lower wages than some of the lowest-paid jobs the union had exposed.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Jobless dip but rebound looks likely

Hong Kong's job market continues to improve, with the unemployment rate edging down 0.1 per cent in November to sit at just 4.4 per cent.

But academics and unionists believe the rate will rebound after the Lunar New Year in February as it is the traditional season for restaurants to close down.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Jobless rate steady as graduates find work

August saw no change in the unemployment rate as more fresh graduates joined the job market and found work, keeping the level unchanged at 5.7 per cent, the government said.

21 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Jobless rate is the lowest for 3 years

The number of people employed rises to a new high of almost 3.33 million

Hong Kong's jobless rate improved to a better-than-expected 6.5 per cent last month, the lowest level in almost three years.

The consensus estimate was 6.6 per cent against the previous month's 6.7 per cent.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

HK jobless rate at seven-month high

No turnaround in sight as the outbreak is yet to take its toll

Hong Kong's unemployment rate edged up for the second consecutive month in March to 7.5 per cent - the highest level in seven months.

And the rate is set to keep on climbing as the atypical pneumonia outbreak takes a bigger toll on the economy, the government warned.

16 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Jobless figure unchanged

The unemployment rate has remained steady at 4.9 per cent despite an influx of school leavers on to the job market, government figures revealed yesterday.

19 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Imported labour can help struggling companies

The labour unions in Hong Kong's manufacturing sector have recently been voicing their opposition to the importation of labour from abroad.

However, have they thought about the problems faced by some factory owners? Hong Kong is going through a period of economic recession and so we are all experiencing hard times.

8 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

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