Gaming labour force increasing

Macau’s gaming and junket activities continue to take up the largest chunk of the labour force of the city. While the total amounted to 397,800, some 82,800 are engaged in the gaming sector, according to the latest data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). The Employment Survey, conducted between December 2015 and February 2016 and released yesterday, indicates that by industry recreational, cultural, gaming and other services take up 24 per cent of total employment, followed by hotels, restaurants and similar activities with 15 per cent, construction at 12 per cent, and wholesale and retail trade taking up 11 per cent. The survey engaged 46,700 people during the study period, recording that the construction sector saw a decline in the number of people it employed; the industry suffered a 3.9 per cent drop compared to the previous survey period – from November 2015 to January 2016. Wholesale and retail – employing 43,100 people – saw a slight drop of 0.9 per cent compared to the previous period, while gaming and junket activities – employing 82,800 people – experienced an uptick of 1.8 per cent. Stable unemployment rate DSEC’s data also indicates that the total labour force in the city is 397,800. The labour force participation rate is 72.5 per cent. Total employment is 390,400, up slightly by 100; the number of unemployed was 7,400, down 300. The unemployment rate remained at 1.9 per cent, a number that has held stable from June to August 2015. The underemployment rate was 0.5 per cent, up 0.1 percentage points.