Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) The number of workers on official furlough programs in Taiwan dropped by 3,020 over the past week, in large part due to a tentative recovery in domestic tourism.
Data compiled by the MOL showed the number of workers placed on furlough programs fell to 16,872 as of Sept. 7, down from 19,892 from the last report, while the number of companies with unpaid leave programs dropped by 385, from 2,990 last week to 2,605 this week.
Speaking with CNA, Wang Chin-jung (王金蓉), deputy head of the MOL’s Labor Conditions and Equal Employment Division, said the lodging and food & beverage sector registered the largest improvement.
The number of businesses in the sector still implementing furlough programs decreased by 142, from 325 companies documented last week, to 183, Wang said.
A total of 1,719 individuals in the sector are still on furlough, which is 1,907 fewer than the 3,626 listed last week. The figures also indicated that the sector has improved for six consecutive weeks since Aug. 1.
The continued recovery of the industry is likely due to the summer break, people taking domestic vacations and the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wang added.
Meanwhile, the number of furloughed workers in retail and wholesale businesses, as well as the transportation and warehousing sector and support service sector, which is made up largely of travel agencies, also fell by around 300 each, Wang said.
Although the number of companies implementing furloughed leave in the manufacturing sector decreased by nine from 181 last week to 172 this week, the number of furloughed workers actually increased by 168, raising the number from 2,299 last week to 2,467, Wang noted.
The increase in the number of furloughed workers was due to an electronics hardware company furloughing 40 employees and a carpentry business adding 100 workers to a furlough program, she said.
(By Yang Shu-min and James Lo)
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