On a day when unemployment climbed to a new high of 6.8 per cent, more than 1,500 young jobseekers yesterday clamoured for 30 positions as flight attendants with Dragonair. Hundreds of the applicants were graduates or university students who had skipped classes to vie for the jobs, which have a minimum requirement of Form Five education. The Dragonair rush came as the jobless rate rose to a new high, although the 0.1 percentage point rise on last month's figure of 6.7 per cent was not as sharp as expected. There are now 228,000 people out of work in the SAR. A Dragonair spokeswoman said about 1,200 people had been interviewed by noon. Hundreds more were interviewed in the afternoon. Some will be invited for a second interview. First in the queue was Ms Chan, a third-year accounting student at the University of Science and Technology, who arrived at the Regal Airport Hotel, where the interviews were held, at 5am. 'I want to get as many interview offers as possible. I'm also looking for jobs in accounting, which offers better career prospects,' she said. Jimmy Ling, 25, who has been out of work for six months since returning to Hong Kong from the United States, said: 'It's an ideal job for me as I like travelling. And the salary is definitely attractive. I've heard it's around $15,000.' Receptionist Ummar Niyaz, 23, felt his prospects of success were remote because he could not read Chinese. He said it was difficult to find work because he did not get the chance to learn Chinese at school. Some jobseekers did not make it to the interviews as they failed to stretch to a 2.12m height mark. Monique Yeung, 21, who is 1.52m tall, queued for two hours only to find herself rejected because of her height. 'It's destiny,' she sighed. 'My friend, who came with me, is the same height and she got an interview. It's just that my arms aren't as long. I'll look for other jobs and then go back to school in September.'