Unemployment rate of persons with post-secondary educational attainment

Year 1986 1991 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
% 2.90 1.20 1.80 1.60 3 3.60 2.60 3.20
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
% 4.30 4.40 3.50 3.20 2.90 2.70 2.50 4
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
% 3.60 2.80 3 3.10 2.90 3.30 3.20

Operational Definitions

The percentage of labour force with post-secondary educational attainment who are unemployed.


All figures are collected from Census and Statistics Department since 1991.
Figure for 1981 is extracted from Hong Kong 1981 Census Basic Tables, using the total number of unemployed persons attaining post-secondary, polytechnic/technical institute or university level with and without previous job and the total number of economically active population attaining post-secondary, polytechnic/technical institute or university level (i.e. unemployed persons)/(unemployed persons with post-secondary attainment + economically active population with post-secondary attainment). Figures for 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997 and 1998 refer to tertiary education, which is operationally defined in the source of data as educational attainment other than kindergarten and primary level, and secondary/matriculation level.

According to C&SD (25Sep2009), starting from the year 2001, annual figures derived from the General Household Survey (GHS) may be different from those in the earlier edition. For the previous edition, the annual figures are compiled based on the average data for the four quarters of the year concerned. Starting from this edition, these statistics are compiled based on data collected in the General Household Survey in January to December each year as well as the mid-year population estimates by District Council district compiled jointly by the Census and Statistics Department and an inter-departmental Working Group on Population Distribution Projections.
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