The general unemployment rate and the unemployment rate for local residents between July and September both remained stable at 2.0 per cent and 2.7 per cent, respectively, recent data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) revealed.
In the same period, the total labour force reached 388,900 - 0.8 per cent less than in the June and August period - with the participation rate remaining at 71 per cent.
The number of employed residents went down by 2,600 to 281,200 in July and September, with the participation rate of the resident labour force going down 0.6 percentage points to 65.1 per cent.
The number of unemployed people in Macau decreased by 200 to 7,700 in July and September, with fresh labour force entrants searching for their first job accounting for 14.8 per cent of the total unemployment numbers.
The Recreational, Cultural, Gaming & Other Services sector remained the largest employer in the MSAR during July and September, with 24.6 per cent of the total labour force being employed in the sector, followed by Hotels, Restaurants & Similar Activities with 14.4 per cent.
The number of people employed by Gaming & Junket Activities went down slightly by 0.2 per cent, to reach around 80,900 people in the July-September period.
Average monthly employment earnings in the third quarter of this year remained stable as in the previous quarter, at MOP15,000 (US$1,866), with those engaged in Gaming & Junket Activities and Construction earning an average of MOP19,300 and MOP15,000, respectively.
However the average earnings of employed residents increased by MOP1,000 quarter-to-quarter to MOP19,000.