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Next month’s job fairs may feature 12,500 jobs: CLA

Staff Writer, with CNA

A total of 12,500 job openings are expected to be offered at five job fairs to be held by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) next month, reflecting continued economic growth in Taiwan, the council said yesterday.

The council’s Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training said the anticipated 12,500 jobs would come from the manufacturing and service sectors, but the bureau was still making contact with employers before finalizing the figure.

The need to hold the five job exhibitions reflects both an improving local job market and the trend in the job market for employees to change jobs after receiving bonuses for the Lunar New Year, the bureau said.

The first job fair is scheduled to be held in Taichung on March 12, the second in New Taipei City (新北市) on March 18, the third in Tainan on March 23, the fourth in Taoyuan on March 26 and the last one in Pingtung on March 31.

The bureau said its employment service centers nationwide are also planning 21 smaller-scale job fairs during the -February-March period to meet the demand for employees in the market.

The 21 events are expected to offer about 13,000 new job openings, the bureau said.

The nation’s jobless rate fell for the 16th consecutive month in December to 4.67 percent on improving domestic economic fundamentals.

The nation’s unemployment rate fell below 5 percent in October for the first time since November 2008, down from a high of 6.13 percent in August 2009 caused by the global financial crisis.

Last month, the government announced that the economy grew 10.47 percent last year, the highest growth rate in 23 years, and predicted that the economy would grow by 5.03 percent this year.

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