August 2019 issue of "Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics" now available

     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) published today (August 15) the August 2019 issue of the "Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics" (HKMDS).

     Apart from providing up-to-date statistics, this issue also contains three feature articles entitled "Composite Employment Estimates 2018", "Statistics on Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong, 2018" and "Cross-boundary Travel Survey 2017". Statistics presented in the "Cross-boundary Travel Survey 2017" article are based on the data source from the Planning Department.

"Composite Employment Estimates 2018"

     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 2013 to 2018. 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:

"Statistics on Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong, 2018"

      In recent years, the Chinese medicine sector has developed steadily in Hong Kong. The Chinese medicine sector comprises: (a) manufacture of Chinese medicines; (b) distribution of Chinese medicines, including import/export, wholesale and retail trades; and (c) practising Chinese medicine, including Chinese medicine practitioners of general practice, acupuncture and bone-setting.

     This feature article discusses the updated situation of some Chinese medicine industries including the manufacture of Chinese medicines and the distribution of Chinese medicines, as well as the external trade of Chinese herbal medicines.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Distribution Services Statistics Section, C&SD (Tel: 3903 7398; email:

"Cross-boundary Travel Survey 2017"

     The socio-economic ties between the mainland of China, Macao and Hong Kong are growing stronger, leading to persistent growth in cross-boundary travel over the years. This feature article briefly describes the characteristics of cross-boundary passenger and vehicle trips, based on the data obtained from the Cross-boundary Travel Survey 2017 conducted by the Planning Department in November 2017.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Cross-boundary Infrastructure and Development Section, Planning Department (Tel: 2231 4707; email:

     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 (

     Enquiries about the contents of the Digest can be directed to the Statistical Information Dissemination Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4738; email:

Ends/Thursday, August 15, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:00