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Employees put on furlough jumped by 7.9% last month

Staff writer, with CNA

The number of employees on leave without pay increased 7.9 percent in the last two weeks of last month, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Labor.

As of the end of last month, 4,756 workers from 57 companies were on furlough, the figures showed.

The number was 7.9 percent higher than on Dec. 15, when 4,377 workers from 49 companies were on leave without pay, the data showed.

Of the 57 companies that have sent employees on unpaid leave, 26 are in the manufacturing sector, excluding the electronics industry, according to the ministry.

Most of the 57 companies have fewer than 50 employees on furlough, usually for four to eight days per month, the ministry said.

The ministry said that it would allocate NT$20 billion (US$ 601.76 million) from an employment stability fund to help furloughed workers receive technical training.

In addition to funding the training, the ministry said that it would offer workers in training programs a subsidy of NT$120 per hour, up to a maximum 100 hours per month.

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