Foreign laborers down by 6,000 to 343,227 in March

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The number of foreign workers continued declining in March throughout Taiwan, decreasing by 6,031 to 343,227 from the preceding month, according to the latest statistics released by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), yesterday.

Both the figures of foreign workers employed by enterprises in industries and those providing caregiving services posted declines.

Reflecting the general economic downturn and rising jobless rate for domestic workers, foreign laborers hired by companies of construction and manufacturing industries dropped sharply by 5,707 to 172,509 at of the end of March.

Foreign workers retained for social welfare jobs, mostly caregivers, showed a relatively smaller decrease of 324 to 170,718.

Workers from Indonesia still exceeded 130,000 and about 86 of them worked as caregivers, according to the CLA data.