March job fairs reflect growing economy: labor affairs council


TAIPEI, Taiwan — A total of 12,500 job openings are expected to be offered at five job fairs to be held by the Council of Labor Affairs in March, reflecting continued economic growth in Taiwan, the council said yesterday. The council’s Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training said the anticipated 12,500 jobs would come from the manufacturing and service sectors, but the bureau was still making contact with employers before finalizing the figure.

The need to hold the five job exhibitions reflects both an improving local job market and the trend in the local job market for employees to change jobs after receiving bonuses for the Lunar New Year, the bureau said.

The first job fair is scheduled to be held in Taichung on March 12, the second in New Taipei City on March 18, the third in Tainan on March 23, the fourth in Taoyuan on March 26 and the last one in Pingtung on March 31.

The bureau said its employment service centers islandwide are also planning 21 smaller-scale job fairs during the February March period to meet the demand for employees in the market.

The 21 events are expected to offer about 13,000 new job openings, the bureau said.

Taiwan’s jobless rate fell for the 16th consecutive month in December to 4.67 percent on improving domestic economic fundamentals.

The island’s unemployment rate fell below 5 percent in October for the first time since November 2008, down from a high of 6.13 percent in August 2009 caused by the global financial crisis.

In January, the government announced that the economy in 2010 grew 10.47 percent, the highest growth rate in 23 years, and predicted that the economy would grow by 5.03 percent this year.