HK's gender ratio goes further imbalanced

Hong Kong saw the gender ratio go further imbalanced as the female labor force exceeded the male for the first time.

The Census and Statistics Department published on Thursday the "Women and Men in Hong Kong – Key Statistics (2022 Edition)", which showed that the gender ratio is further out of balance compared to five years ago.

The statistics revealed that there were 4,030,800 women and 3,382,300 men in Hong Kong in 2021, with only 910 men for every 1,000 women, excluding foreign domestic helpers.

The gap was seen further widened, compared to 2016 when there were 925 men for every 1,000 women.

The number of births in Hong Kong dropped significantly in 2021 amidst the Covid-19 epidemic, leading to the natural decrease (i.e. deaths surpassing births) in population. The female population decreased by nearly 70,000 last year compared to 2019, while the male population decreased by about 40,000 compared to 2019.

The number of men and women in the labor force in 2021 were 1,923,100 and 1,947,300 respectively, with the number of female labor force exceeding males for the first time.

As for unemployment figures, 200,200 people were unemployed last year, an increase of more than 50 percent from 133,000 in 2016.

In terms of live births, 36,953 babies were born last year, including 17,993 girls and 18,960 boys. But the overall number continued to fall, down by nearly 7,000 from 43,000 in 2020.