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Labor council set to grant more subsidies for long-term jobless

Labor council set to grant more subsidies for long-term jobless

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) Beginning April 1, "long-term jobless people" may receive extra subsidies, Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) Minister Wang Ju-hsuan said Wednesday.
The workers, who have been unemployed for over one year, will be entitled to receive subsidies for vocational training, a stipend for daily living expenses during vocational training period, and traffic expenses, according to Wang, who promised to issue an administrative decree to include such workers in Article 24 of the Employment Services Act. The act's Article 24 currently enables only low-income housewives who are their families' major bread winners, elderly citizens and mentally and physically challenged people to obtain this kind of subsidies.
From April 1, eligible jobless workers could also be entitled to apply for the NT$500 (US$14.5) traffic subsidy for as many as four times a year from the CLA, while jobless workers who get temporary work provided by public agencies would receive NT$100 per hour for the work for a maximum of 176 hours per month, Wang said.
About 100,000 long-term jobless people are expected to benefit from the new measure.
Companies would also get a CLA subsidy of NT$10,000 per month for hiring each long-term jobless worker over a maximum period of one year, Wang noted.
Wang made the pledges while answering questions from ruling party Kuomintang legislators Lin Hung-chih, who asked the government to take better care of the long-term jobless workers and their families.
"Many long-term jobless workers' families are the most underprivileged among poor people and the government should extend more assistance to them," Lin stressed.
Taiwan's jobless rate reached 5.31 percent in January, with some 578,000 people out of work. On average, each unemployed worker has to wait for 26.1 weeks until he or she can find a new job, according to government statistics.
(By Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-07-31 05:34 GMT+08:00