Welfare cases down 0.3%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped to 223,792 in March, down 0.3% from February, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients stood at 319,191.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 2.2% to 2,422 cases, while old age cases were down 0.7% to 128,863.   Unemployment cases rose 0.4% on a monthly basis to 19,810 cases. The figure is also an increase of 57.4% compared with January 2020 when Hong Kong just started to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.   The average number of applications for unemployment cases in January to March was 856 per month, representing a reduction of 3.3% from the number between December 2020 and February, or a decrease of 15.1% from that between January and March.   Ill-health cases increased 0.2% to 26,289. Both permanent disability cases and single parent cases were up 0.1% to 17,502 and 24,826.
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