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September 2017 issue of Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics now available
     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) published today (September 15) the September 2017 issue of the Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics (HKMDS).
     Apart from providing up-to-date statistics, this issue also contains two feature articles entitled "Analysis of Hong Kong's Imports of Goods" and "Composite Employment Estimates 2016".
"Analysis of Hong Kong's Imports of Goods"
     Hong Kong is an externally oriented economy. In 2016, the value of Hong Kong's total exports of goods amounted to $3,588.2 billion, while that of imports of goods was $4,008.4 billion. The ratio of the value of total exports of goods to Hong Kong's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 1.44, while that of the value of imports of goods to GDP was 1.61.
     Goods consumed locally in Hong Kong are mostly imported. This feature article analyses the performance of Hong Kong's imports of goods in recent years.
     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Trade Analysis Section, C&SD (Tel: 2582 4914; email: trade@censtatd.gov.hk).
"Composite Employment Estimates 2016"
     In studies of employment statistics, the issue of discrepancies observed between the employment data obtained from establishment-based surveys (which refer to occupied posts in firms) and those data obtained from household surveys (which refer to persons employed) is common. To tackle this, the C&SD has been compiling a set of Composite Employment Estimates (CEE) which reconcile, under a designated statistical framework, the results obtained from the household-based General Household Survey and the establishment-based Quarterly Survey of Employment and Vacancies since 1997.
     This feature article provides the CEE figures in individual industries for 2011 to 2016. It also gives an account of the characteristics of CEE and briefly discusses the differences and usage of the CEE vis-à-vis the other employment figures.
     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Employment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section, C&SD (Tel: 2582 4751; email: employment@censtatd.gov.hk).
     Published in bilingual form, the HKMDS is a compact volume of official statistics containing about 140 tables. It collects up-to-date statistical series on various aspects of the social and economic situation of Hong Kong. Topics include population; labour; external trade; National Income and Balance of Payments; prices; business performance; energy; housing and property; Government accounts, finance and insurance; and transport, communications and tourism. For selected key statistical items, over 20 charts depicting the annual trend in the past decade and quarterly or monthly trend in the recent two years are also available. Users can download the Digest free of charge at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp140.jsp?productCode=B1010002).
     Enquiries about the contents of the Digest can be directed to the Statistical Information Services Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4738; email: gen-enquiry@censtatd.gov.hk).
Ends/Friday, September 15, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:00
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