A booming tourism industry in Chiayi City, fed mainly by visitors from China, has contributed greatly to the city’s relatively low 3.9 percent unemployment rate for last year, the lowest in the nation, the city government said.
The city was responding to data published by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics on Wednesday, which showed the nation’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent for last year, with Chiayi City registering the nation’s lowest figure of 3.9 percent.
The number of tourists to the city in 2012 reached 1.12 million, a 47 percent growth from 2011, with 15 new hotels with 844 rooms added and an additional 12 hotels under construction.
The city government said a sharp increase in the number of employees and the establishment of leading enterprises helped the city’s economy buck the national trend in terms of growth.
According to statistics, Chiayi City’s total corporate tax increased to more than NT$1 billion (US$33 million) in 2012 from NT$610 million in 2005.
The city government said it has been successful in helping local industries to upgrade and differentiate their products and enhance their competitiveness, while pushing old stores with local characteristics to build a new image.
It has also been encouraging traditional industries to continue with their development and to improve on their innovation as well as research and development abilities, it added.
The city government said that three large employment fairs were held in Chiayi, Yunlin County and Greater Tainan last year to match employers with employees. In one fair in September, more than 5,000 jobs provided by 90 companies were made available, while 3,600 resumes were submitted and a match rate of over 45 percent was registered.