Due to the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the local economy, Macao’s number of non-resident workers fell by 7,071 between the end of January and the end of last month, a decline of 3.6 per cent, the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) said in a statement this week.
At the end of June, there were 186,427 non-resident workers in Macao. At the end of January, the figure stood at 193,498. Macao confirmed its first COVID-19 case on 22 January.
The number of non-resident workers from the Chinese mainland declined from 118,667 at the end of January to 114,899 at the end of June. The number of non-resident workers from the Philippines dropped from 34,086 at the end of January to 33,191 at the end of June. The number of non-resident workers from Vietnam decreased from 14,879 at the end of January to 13,731 at the end of last month.
Mainland Chinese, Filipinos and Vietnamese account for the top three segments of non-resident workers in Macao, accounting for 61.6 per cent, 17.8 per cent and 7.3 per cent of the total number respectively. The three segments are the only ones with more than 10,000 workers each. Macao’s non-resident workers come from several dozen territories and countries.
A total of 50,651 non-resident workers were employed by hotels, restaurants and similar businesses at the end of June, a decline of 4,256 workers from the end of January, down by 7.7 per cent.
However, the number of non-resident domestic helpers decreased by a mere 591 workers, or 1.9 per cent, from 30,923 at the end of January to 30,332.