The number of Macau’s gaming industry workers, including casinos, junkets and lotteries, fell 4.3% to about 69,600 sequentially in the second quarter. In the first three months of 2022, the city’s gaming division had 72,700 employees, data released on Thursday by the city’s statistics office showed.
Macau’s gaming sector accounted for 19.1% of employed people in the city, down 0.5 percentage point from the previous quarter, according to a second-quarter employment survey.
The number of incomplete employees in the gaming industry was 4,100 as of the end of June, up 46.4% from the previous quarter. They accounted for 26.4% of the 15,700 incomplete employees in Macau in the second quarter.
According to the survey, the main cause of incomplete employment was “when the company took unpaid or partial paid leave,” accounting for 45.6% of the total, up 4.0% points from the previous quarter.
“The number of incomplete employees rose by 5,100 quarter-on-quarter to 15,700 as some businesses were suspended or operated on a limited basis following limited measures against the pandemic,” the Bureau of Statistics said. 파칭코사이트인포
The Bureau of Statistics considers the survey data to be “involuntary” and “less than 35 hours” before “7 days ago”, and the survey data to be collected to be “available for 30 days or looking for additional work”. Therefore, it is stated that workers who are on unpaid leave seven days before the survey and meet the criteria are “considered unemployed”.
Macau’s casinos continued to operate in the second quarter amid COVID-19 alerts and low-profit conditions in Macau or mainland China. Macau’s COVID-19 community outbreak, which began on June 18 and took more than a month for authorities to control, saw a July 12-day urban casino shutdown as a precaution.
Prior to the shutdown, casino operators were already offering incentives to each employee to stay away from work. Many initiatives were already being used selectively amid early efforts to reduce community transmission of COVID-19. Prior to that, employees were offered some vacation incentives amid the suspension of tourism demand.
Macau’s general unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent in the second quarter, up from 3.5 percent in the previous quarter.