Jobless rate falls in September

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/10/22
By: Pan Tzu-yu and Frances Huang

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Taiwan's jobless rate for September fell from a month earlier as the effects of an increase in first-time jobseekers during the graduation season receded, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said Tuesday.

Data compiled by the DGBAS showed the September jobless rate fell 0.09 percentage points from a month earlier to 3.80 percent. However, after seasonal adjustments, the rate rose 0.01 percentage points from August to 3.74 percent.

Pan Ning-hsin (潘寧馨), deputy director of the DGBAS census department, told reporters that during the June-August period, the local jobless rate was boosted by an influx of new graduates from high schools, colleges and universities, but September was when those affects in the local job market faded and returned to a more normal pattern.

In September, the number of unemployed fell 11,000 or 2.40 percent to 455,000, while the number of those in work fell 19,000 or 0.16 percent to 11.51 million, Pan said.    [FULL  STORY]

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