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Ministry of Labor announces almost 60,000 new jobs to be created by July

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- There will be 59,000 more job openings in July compared with April, which was the highest increase in three years, according to a report released by the Ministry of Labor (MOL) yesterday.

The MOL's report was based on a survey of 3,011 firms with over 30 staff members. According to the report, there will be an increase of 65,300 job openings and a decrease of 5,800 openings, resulting in a net increase of 59,500 openings.

An improved economy makes companies more optimistic about the future and is resulting in their willingness to hire more employees, the MOL said.

About 25 percent of firms said they will conduct more hiring in July than in April, while about 64 percent said their hiring efforts will remain unchanged, about 9 percent said they were uncertain about their future hiring efforts, and about 2 percent said they will reduce hiring.

Most new openings will center in the manufacturing industry, which is expected to hire 30,300 more people. The wholesale industry comes in second, expecting to hire 7,200 new people, followed by the lodging and food service industry, which will hire 6,800 more people.

In regard to new positions, technical professionals, machinery operators and assembly operators are in the highest demand, followed by service and retail personnel, according to the report.

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