Hong Kong – Government to create 5,000 jobs for youth as unemployment rate nears record high (South China Morning Post)


More than 5,000 jobs will be made available for young people in Hong Kong with the latest unemployment rate among 20 to 24-year-olds close to a record high, reports the South China Morning Post. It comes as Hong Kong’s unemployment rate reached 5.9% in the March-May 2020 period, the highest rate in more than 15 years. Among the various age groups, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the jobless rate for those aged 20-24 had reached 13.4% with 27,600 young people out of work. To help, Lam said she had instructed her ministers to create jobs, both temporary and permanent ones, especially for young people. So far, a total of 5,450 jobs in government and private sectors had been created, with some positions available immediately.