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Hong Kong official fears protests could raise jobless rate

Economic strain ahead if rallies and trade dispute persist, labor secretary says

An anti-extradition bill protester throws a stone at a police station in Hong Kong.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Law Chi-kwong, Hong Kong's secretary for labor and welfare, said in an interview with Nikkei on Aug. 6 that escalating protests against Beijing's proposed extradition bill were having a negative impact on the territory's tourism and retail industries, which would likely result in a higher rate of unemployment in the second half of 2019.

Law revealed that the Hong Kong government was considering taking measures to stimulate personal spending and support businesses.

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