Sun, Apr 12, 2009 - Page 3 News List

Thousands seeking jobs flock to fairs

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Applicants fill out forms at a job fair in Taichung yesterday.


Thousands of people yesterday gathered at job fairs held in the square outside the job-training center in Taichung City and the sports stadium in Hualien County, leaving some happy with the opportunities offered while others were disappointed.

The job fairs were sponsored by the Executive Yuan, with two more to be held next Saturday in Taoyuan County and Tainan County.

The job fairs are part of government efforts to help increase employment after the country’s unemployment rate rose to a record 5.75 percent in February.

In addition to offering 84,000 jobs, the fairs will also provide 71,000 openings for individuals to receive training or do research, the Executive Yuan said.

Of the 84,000 job openings, 25,000 are in the public sector, including 20,000 openings for volunteer military service, 15,000 are in the private sector and the remaining 44,000 are research and management jobs at local universities and colleges.

At the Taichung site, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) accompanied a person surnamed Yen with an artificial limb — the result of a work injury a few years ago — to a job interview at a booth offering work in the machine-design industry.

Yen was recruited.

A young man quoted in a news clip broadcast by SETTV said he was disappointed by the job fair in Taichung because there weren’t as many jobs as the government had promised.

In Hualien County, Vice Premier Paul Chiu (邱正雄) said the government expected the country’s economy would recover earlier than in the US.

White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers said on Friday that the recession in the US would end in September.

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