DGBAS urged to publish unemployment rate
MONTHLY JOB SURVEY:
DGBAS said it had changed its survey period to better reflect the labor market amid the pandemic and would release the figures today
By Shelley Shan / Journalist
The Taiwan Labor Front yesterday urged the Budget, Accounting and Statistics Branch (DGBAS) to promptly release the unemployment rate for May and explain the reasons for the report’s postponement.
The agency conducts a human resources survey each month and is required to report the unemployment rate for the month preceding the 25th of each month, the union group said.
However, the agency has yet to disclose the unemployment rate for May, which should have been announced on June 25.
“Although the government has rolled out a series of relief programs for workers since the Central Epidemic Command Center raised a national COVID-19 alert to Level 3 in May, the labor market remains deeply affected by the crisis. [COVID-19] pandemic. To help the public, as well as government officials, understand the “status quo” of the labor market, the DGBAS should adhere to the Statistics Act (統計 法) by announcing as soon as possible the unemployment rate for the labor market. month of May, ”the group said. .
The monthly survey, which was conducted using a two-stage stratified random sampling method, interviewed nearly 60,000 people aged 15 and over, with a sampling fraction of 0.24 %, he said, adding that the sampling fraction is higher than that of South Korea. (0.23%), Japan (0.09%) and the United States (0.05%).
The agency also mobilized nearly 700 local government employees to conduct telephone interviews for the investigation, the group said.
The results of the survey are carefully monitored by government officials and workers’ groups, as well as academic experts, and serve as the legal basis for the government to implement measures aimed at stabilizing the labor market, a- he declared.
Section 16 of the law states that government agencies must announce in advance their schedule for releasing statistics, which cannot be changed except in the event of a critical incident, the group said.
Article 27 of the Statistical Law Enforcement Rules (統計 法 施行 細則) stipulates that the government shall not postpone or cancel the announcement of national statistical data scheduled for publication, except in the event of a natural disaster or some other force majeure, neither should he release the data earlier than expected, he added.
“The DGBAS should inform the public if it has not released the unemployment rate for May on time because officials were unable to investigate amid the level 3 COVID-19 alert. ‘nationwide,’ the group added.
Due to the pandemic, the country’s unemployment rate fell last year from 3.72% in March to 4.03% in April and 4.07% in May, he said.
It gradually fell below 4% as the government kept the disease at bay and the Legislative Yuan passed relief programs for businesses hit by the pandemic.
The unemployment rate was 3.64% in April, according to data from the DGBAS.
Even though the unemployment rate rose again in May due to the pandemic, news of such data should not cause panic, given that the government has allocated funds to the Employment Insurance Fund and the Job stability fund, the group said.
DGBAS Census Department deputy director Chen Hui-hsin (陳惠欣) said the agency will announce the May unemployment rate today.
Government workers working from home were not the reason for the delay, Chen said.
“We want the survey results to more accurately reflect the labor market in the midst of the pandemic. As such, we postponed our survey period from May 16 to May 23 until May 30 to June 5, ”she said, adding that the agency had postponed the announcement of the unemployment rate in the spent due to the Lunar New Year holidays or due to census data collection.
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