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Taipei Department of Labor lauds job supply hike

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Government Department of Labor yesterday applauded newly released statistics about employment seekers, employee seekers and unemployed individuals in May, revealing a positive ratio between employment opportunities and employment seekers.

According to the department, the statistics were calculated with accumulated data from employment service offices all around Taipei City. People who filed for unemployment status in May reached a total of 997 people, which is 298 people fewer than in April and 286 fewer than May of 2013.

The statistics revealed that the number of employment applicants in May stood at 3,535 people, which is 373 people fewer when compared to April, or a 9.54-percent decrease in Taipei job seekers. The number of employment providers in May has been reported to be 8,044 people, which is 129 people more compared to April, displaying a 1.63-percent increase in Taipei job opportunities.

The department has stated that the ratio of employment opportunities to employment seekers stands at 2.28, an increase of 0.25 compared to April and the highest number recorded during the same time period in five years.

Department Commissioner Chen Yeh-shin (陳業鑫) stated in an interview that, looking at the conclusions drawn from observing the statistics, it is safe to say that the employment market is in a positive, stable phase.

Chen also went on to state that, as employment opportunities are increasing and employment service offices in Taipei are located in convenient locations, citizens should actively seek out these offices for job opportunities. The offices are not exclusive to Taipei citizens; of the 9,230 job seekers who went to the offices, 6,443 have been reported to be from Taipei while 2,389 were from New Taipei, with the remaining 398 from various other cities and counties, the commissioner concluded.

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