Labor ministry official Huang Wei-chen (CNA file photo)

Labor ministry statistics released Friday show that the number of Taiwanese people on furlough fell to almost 3,700. This is the lowest number of furloughed workers in Taiwan since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in June.

The labor ministry says this drop may be the result of furloughed workers returning to normal work hours on a temporary basis, meaning that the number of furloughed workers may go up again.

The ministry says the total number of people on unpaid leave continues to decline due to growth in export orders, the revival of some manufacturing industries, and revivals in the wholesale and retail industries.

However, the ministry says the resurgence of COVID-19 in other countries could indirectly affect Taiwanese industries.


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