Hong Kong Fourth Quarter 2020 Unemployment at 6.6%, Highest in 16 Years

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FILE PHOTO: Job seekers wearing face masks fill in forms at the Wan Chai Job Fair, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Hong Kong, China October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rose to a 16-year high of 6.6% in October-December 2020, the government said on Tuesday, as new wave of coronavirus infections slammed the brakes on a wide range of economic activities.

The figure compared with 6.3% in the September-November period and was the highest since the last quarter of 2004 when unemployment hit 6.6%.

Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Donny Kwok; Editing by Andrew Heavens; Reuters

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