The number of people moving out of Greater Kaohsiung from January to October this year exceeded the number of people moving in by 1,059 people, making it the only one of the five special municipalities with a decreasing population. According to Greater Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Chen Mei-ya, this might be because of the local job market situation. The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) says that household registration statistics are not realistic, adding that unemployment has continued to decrease in Greater Kaohsiung over the past three years, meaning that the job market has actually improved.
During a plenary question-and-answer session of the city council last week, Chen said that according to statistics from the Ministry of the Interior, 112,852 people moved to Greater Kaohsiung and 113,911 moved away from January to October. This loss of 1,059 people makes for negative population growth.
During the same period, Taipei’s population increased by 989 people, New Taipei City by 544, Greater Taichung by 6,313 and Greater Tainan by 623. Greater Kaohsiung was the only one to show a decrease.
Chen believes that young adults make up the majority of the people migrating out of Greater Kaohisung, and that this outflow of the workforce indirectly represents the municipality’s inability to keep local talent, exemplifying how the job market and unemployment situation have not improved. Relevant agencies should take this issue seriously, she says.
Statistics from the Greater Kaohsiung Government Civil Affairs Bureau show that after the former Kaohsiung County and Kaohsiung City merged, 142,276 people moved out during the first year, 140,381 in the second year, and 113,911 in the first 10 months this year. With a negative population growth of 1,579, 1,829 and 1,059 respectively, outward migration has shown a gradual decline each year, the bureau says.
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The RDEC says that a large portion of the workforce moving in fails to change their household registration data, so the statistics are not representative of the actual situation. The local workforce surpassed 1.329 million people and unemployment was at 4.4 percent in the first year after the county and city merged. During the second year, the workforce was at 1.342 million and unemployment decreased to 4.3 percent. The numbers for the total workforce this year have yet to be released, but in the first half of the year unemployment had already gone down to 4.2 percent. The RDEC says that as the workforce increases and unemployment decreases, it means that the overall employment situation in Greater Kaohsiung is improving.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)