Macau: Around 25 pct of the population works in the gaming and entertainment sector

21 May 2008

Macau, China, 21 May – Around a quarter of the working population of Macau works in the gaming and entertainment sector according to official figures for the first three months of the year published Tuesday by the Macau Statistics and Census Bureau.

Official figures show that 25.2 percent of the working population – or 79,884 people – were working in the gaming and entertainment sector, 12.8 percent – or 40,576 people – in hotels, restaurants and similar, 11.6 percent in construction and 11.5 percent in retail.

The active population of Macau is estimated at 327,000 people out of a total of 530,000 inhabitants.

This is a rise of 11.37 percent against the first quarter of 2007.

Of the active population, 317.000 are in work and 9,600 are unemployed, which shows an increase of 3,700 jobs and an extra 100 unemployed as compared with the first quarter of 2007.

The average salary for the employed population was calculated at 8,200 patacas (around US$1,000).

Gaming and entertainment sector workers receive average salaries of 12,000 patacas (US$1,500).

Macau is located in the South of China, in the Pearl River Delta some 60 kilometres from Hong Kong and 80 kilometres from Guangzhou and has an area of around 29 square kilometres.

As a tourist destination Macau received 27 million people in 2007 and visitors from Hong Kong, Continental China and Taipei accounted for the vast majority of those.

Macau’s GDP in 2007 rose 27.3 percent and its rate of inflation stood at 5.57 percent. (macauhub)