The labor force participation rate among people aged between 15 and 24 declined to 33.8 percent last year, or 1.38 percent less than the previous year, according to statistics compiled by the Council of Labor Affairs. \nThe labor force participation rate represents the ratio of the workforce to the overall population of a certain age group \nThe council's statistics show that 1,144,000 people aged between 15 and 24 entered the workforce last year, 70,000 fewer people than the previous year. \nOfficials from the council said the decline continues a 10-year trend which has seen an accumulated decrease of 14.63 percent in the last decade in inverse proportion to a 10-year 12.2 percent increase in the number of people of this age group attending schools. \nThanks to the booming economy, officials said, Taiwan's unemployment rate of people in the age group has declined by 0.47 percent last year to 11.44 percent, although it is still the highest jobless rate of all age groups. The high unemployment rate in this age group is ascribed to a lack of work experience among teenagers and young men, which has limited their chances of landing jobs, and the frequent changes of jobs among them. \nIn the age group between 15 and 19, the labor force participation rate is less than 20 percent in most countries, except for the US, which registered a rate of 44.5 percent last year. \nIn Taiwan this rate increased to 44.5 percent in the age group of 20 to 24, which is lower than the 57 percent in South Korea, and is far behind that of Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, according to the Council of Labor Affairs.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday said that it has allocated NT$68 million (US$2.32 million) to build an Internet-of-things (IoT) platform that would facilitate proactive maintenance of the railway system and enhance service punctuality. The agency said that it decided to build the platform to promote horizontal communication among its departments after an investigation into the Puyuma Express derailment in October 2018 found that its four main departments — electrical engineering, rolling stock, construction and transportation — failed to share information with one another. The platform would use artificial intelligence to analyze maintenance data collected by its departments, including railway crossings,