Updated at 6.18pm: Hong Kong's jobless rate remained static at 5.7 per cent in the three months ending June, the Census and Statistics Department revealed in a report on Monday. The rate was also 5.7 per cent in the three months ending May. This is the lowest unemployment rate in Hong Kong since October 2001. A government spokesman said that in April-June more jobs were created in the manufacturing, wholesale trade and real estate sectors. But this was offset by more people in construction and the sanitary services sectors losing their jobs, he added. The underemployment rate, which measures people who cannot find more than 35 hours of work a week, decreased to 2.8 per cent in April-June from 3.0 per cent in March-May. This was because the decreases were mainly seen in decoration and maintenance, education services and sanitary services sectors, the spokesman explained. Total employment increased by around 5,400 to 3.36 million as fresh graduates and school leavers entered the labour market, the spokesman said. The total number of unemployed people in Hong Kong remained unchanged at 205,000. The spokesman said the employment situation would depend on the economy and the absorption of school leavers into the market. 'In the next few months, the entry of fresh graduates and school leavers may still affect the labour force and unemployment figures. Yet these newcomers are expected to be gradually absorbed into employment, so long as more jobs are created upon further economic growth,' he said.