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The Macau Metro Monitor, October 26, 2012

HENGQIN BORDER TO HAVE LONGER OPERATING HOURS: GOV'T Macau Business

Starting sometime next year, operating hours at the border checkpoint between Cotai’s Lotus Bridge and Hengqin Island will be extended for both passenger and goods vehicles.  Passenger vehicles can currently cross at the Hengqin checkpoint between 9am and 8pm.  Cargo trucks have access from 8am to 8pm.  Simplified customs procedures are also being planned.

EMPLOYMENT SURVEY FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER DSEC

Macau's unemployment rate remained stable at 2%, compared with the June-August period.  Total labour force increased by 5,500 QoQ to 351,000, with an increase of 5,700 in total employment and a decrease of 200 in the unemployed.  Analysed by industry, 26.4% of the employed were working in Recreational, Cultural, Gaming & Other Services, and 15.8% in Hotels, Restaurants & Similar Activities.