Soaring unemployment has led to a jobs boom in the Labour Department as demands on hard-pressed staff mount by the week. Twenty-two new posts will be created to cope with an expected flood of job seekers. The move comes after a similar increase in April, when 45 temporary staff were hired to ease the workload. And extra staff are needed because 30 per cent more people have registered as job seekers in the past three months. Queues have started to appear at local Employment Service offices, most notably at Mongkok and the Labour Department's main job centre in Wan Chai. Department spokesman Richard Law Chi-ming said the increase was designed to complement a four-point job-finding plan announced yesterday by government labour chief Alfred Chan Wing-kit, which includes: A strengthening of the job-matching programme; A new telephone employment and vacancy processing service; The installation of more touch-screen computers at job centres; and The launch of an employment information and promotion programme. 'I suppose it is a bit ironic but it is necessary to handle the increase,' Mr Law said. Up to the end of May, 23,522 people had registered as job seekers. The most common jobs sought were as clerks, social workers, shop sales staff, and craft-related and unskilled positions. Vacancies were highest for clerks and unskilled jobs.