April 23, 2009

Jobless rate rises in Taiwan

Unemployment in Taiwan, up for 11 consecutive months, reached 5.81 percent in March, a record for the island, the government said.

Huang Chien-chung, a deputy director with the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, said there were 630,000 unemployed Taiwanese, including 141,000 unemployed between the ages of 45 and 65, The China Post reported Thursday.

Both figures were records, the Post said.

The number of people employed in industrial and service jobs fell 0.89 percent in March compared with January. March marked the sixth consecutive month of contracting employment, the newspaper said.

Those working under 35 hours a week declined sharply, down by 153,000 in the month.