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Welfare cases dip 0.2%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped by 459 cases to 199,941 in January, down 0.2% from December last year, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients was 273,349.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month reduction of 0.8% to 1,568. Unemployment cases fell 0.6% to 17,075.   Single parent cases dropped 0.5% to 20,385. Old age cases dipped 0.3% to 112,032.   Meanwhile, ill-health cases increased 0.3% to 27,817, and permanent disability cases remained steady at 17,164. http://dlvr.it/T32R7Z

May goods exports up 17.7%

The volume of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased 17.7% year-on-year in May, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The volume of goods imports rose 20.1% compared to the same period last year.   Goods exports prices increased 5.3% year-on-year for the month, while prices of goods imports increased 4.7%.   On a seasonally adjusted basis, the volume of goods exports decreased 3.9% in the three-month period ending May compared with the preceding three months, while the volume of goods imports dropped 1%.
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