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Cabinet job fairs help 11,000 find jobs

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Two government-sponsored employment fairs in northern and southern Taiwan on Saturday helped more than 11,000 people find jobs, Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) officials said.

The job fairs were two in a series of four events organized by the council to help decrease unemployment after the country’s jobless rate surged to a record 5.75 percent in February.

Initial statistics showed that the job fair in Taoyuan County attracted 41,078 visitors, with 11,368 applying for various jobs provided by the public and private sectors.

About 27 percent of those applicants, or 3,031 of the total, found jobs, the CLA officials said.

Meanwhile, 1,042, or 20.46 percent of the 5,093 applicants, found internships at private enterprises or research positions at various local universities.

At to the job fair in Tainan, 24.54 percent of the 18,873 applicants succeeded in landing positions, the officials said.

While attending the opening ceremony of the job fair in Taoyuan on Saturday, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) encouraged unemployed people, including those who lost their jobs during the recent global economic downturn, to remain confident.

He also promised that his administration would do whatever it could to create jobs, saying that the economic stimulus package launched this year would help create between 190,000 and 220,000 jobs.

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