On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the number of unemployed increased by 2.3 thousand from the April-June period to 114.7 thousand in the three months to July, and the number of underemployed went up by around 2.7 thousand to 44.1 thousand.
Meanwhile, the number of employed rose by 2.9 thousand from the previous three-month period to 3.87 million. The labour force participation rate was unchanged at 61.2 percent.
Looking ahead, "The labour market should remain tight in the near term riding on the solid growth momentum of the local economy. Nevertheless, as external uncertainties have increased markedly of late, with possible repercussions for export outlook, local economic sentiment and asset markets, we will stay vigilant to their potential impact on the local labour market." the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, said.