An estimated 180,000 Hongkongers who were unemployed for at least two months since the start of last year will be eligible to apply for low-interest bank loans as early as April under an unprecedented measure rolled out in the government’s annual budget plan.With the city’s unemployment rate at a near-record high of 7 per cent, the government is also set to spend another HK$6.6 billion (US$851 million) to create around 30,000 fixed-contract jobs, but the city’s unions have declined to endorse…


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