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October 2021 issue of "Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics" now available
     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) published today (October 15) the October 2021 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 "The Cultural and Creative Industries in Hong Kong" and "The Social Security Assistance Index of Prices". Statistics presented in "The Social Security Assistance Index of Prices" article are based on the data source from the Social Welfare Department (SWD).

"The Cultural and Creative Industries in Hong Kong"

     The cultural and creative industries are among the most dynamic economic sectors in Hong Kong, contributing to both economic growth and job creation. They comprise a set of knowledge-based activities that deploy creativity and intellectual capital as primary inputs and deliver goods and services with cultural, artistic and creative contents. This feature article provides the statistics of the cultural and creative industries in Hong Kong for 2017 to 2019.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Construction and Miscellaneous Services Statistics Section, the C&SD (Tel: 3903 6962; email : asps@censtatd.gov.hk).

"The Social Security Assistance Index of Prices"

     The Social Security Assistance Index of Prices (SSAIP) is a Consumer Price Index (CPI) specially compiled by the C&SD for use by the SWD as a reference in reviewing the standard rates and supplements under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme to take account of price changes.

     Similar to other CPIs, the weights of expenditure used in compiling the SSAIP are based on the actual expenditure by the CSSA recipients on individual goods and service items. The data are obtained from a Household Expenditure Survey (HES).

     The expenditure weights of the SSAIP have recently been updated based on findings of the 2019/20 HES.

     Details of the compilation and application of the index are given in this feature article.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Research and Statistics Section, the SWD (Tel: 2892 5240; email: rsenq@swd.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 at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/en/EIndexbySubject.html?pcode=B1010002&scode=460).

     Enquiries about the contents of the Digest can be directed to the Statistical Information Dissemination Section (1) of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4738; email: gen-enquiry@censtatd.gov.hk).
Ends/Friday, October 15, 2021
Issued at HKT 16:00
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