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Taiwan Indigenous People’s Job Market Improves

Taiwan Indigenous People’s Job Market ImprovesTaiwan Indigenous People’s Job Market Improves

The Control Yuan, the government’s top supervisory body, said on Saturday that the job market for indigenous people in Taiwan has shown signs of improving in the past few years.

After keeping a close eye on how the government implemented its policies to stimulate employment among indigenous people in the past five years, the Control Yuan found the jobless rate among the population fell to 4.05 percent at the end of 2014, from 8.69 percent recorded at the end of 2009, according to the statistics provided by the watchdog, Focus Taiwan reported.    

The Control Yuan said it came up with measures in 2000 to correct the Council of Indigenous People’s (COIP) policies, which were criticized for a lack of coordination in utilizing its resources to improve the job market for descendants of Taiwan’s first inhabitants.

The watchdog said that the council’s stimulus measures had not been effective enough, which meant the unemployment rate among Taiwan’s indigenous people had been much higher than the average jobless rate in the country.

As for the national average, the jobless rate fell to 3.79 percent at the end of December 2014 from 5.74 percent recorded at the end of 2009.

The statistics showed that the gap between indigenous people’s unemployment rate and the national average has been narrowing, the Control Yuan said, adding that a fall in the jobless rate among the indigenous population represented an improvement in living standards for them.

After adjusting its coordination efforts, the COIP has stepped up implementation of a more effective job training program in the past five years in a bid to help indigenous people find a job easier, the Control Yuan said.

It said that about 74 percent of the indigenous people who signed up for the training courses found their jobs last year, up from 55.7 percent in 2008.

The Ministry of Labor has also worked with the COIP to provide job training courses, a move which has improved vocational skills for many indigenous people, the Control Yuan said. The COIP has also tried hard to launch various job fairs and similar activities to match indigenous people with their employers during the period, the Control Yuan said.

Through the council’s job matching efforts, a total of 10,967 indigenous people found jobs in the past three years, according to the Control Yuan.