Taiwan (China) - Labor Force Employment

Taiwan (China): Labor Force Employment

Mnemonic LBE.ITWN
Unit Ths. #, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 0.25 %
Data Oct 2021 11,445
Sep 2021 11,417

Series Information

Source Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) - Taiwan
Release Manpower Survey Results
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1978
End Date 10/31/2021

Taiwan (China): Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Labor Force Oct 2021 11,902 11,888 Ths. #, NSA Monthly
Labor Force Employment Oct 2021 11,445 11,417 Ths. #, NSA Monthly
Tertiary Industries Employment Oct 2021 6,853 6,822 Ths. #, NSA Monthly
Total Employment Oct 2021 11,444 11,424 Ths. #, SA Monthly
Unemployment Oct 2021 456 471 Ths. #, NSA Monthly
Unemployment Rate Oct 2021 3.83 3.96 %, NSA Monthly

Release Information

For Taiwan (China), labor force status (population, unemployment, etc.); labor force rates (participation by age, turnover by industry); employment, hours and wages by industry. Monthly from 1978.


  • Industry classification: SICS Rev. 8
  • Measurements:
    • Thousands of persons (Ths. #)
    • Taiwan dollar (TWD)
    • Percent (%)
    • Fixed-base index relate to 2006 (2006=100)
  • Adjustments:
    • Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
    • Seasonally adjusted (SA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start dates:
    • As early as 1899m12
    • SICS Rev. 8 from 2001


  • SICS Rev. 7 - 1999 to 2006
  • SICS Rev. 6 - 1978 to 2001

The data are compiled using information from the monthly Manpower Survey which covers the civilian non-institutional population 15 years and older. Each month about 20,000 household units are eligible for interview. The reference week for the survey is the calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) that includes the 15th day of the month. The data are published in both an unadjusted and a seasonally adjusted format.


Employed persons
persons who, during the reference week, undertake a paid job or work 15 hours or more as unpaid family workers.
Unemployed persons
all persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work and were actively seeking a job or were waiting for the results of past job-seeking activity. Furthermore, those who waited for a recall after layoff or had a job offer but had not started to work with pay were also classified into this category.

Geographic scope

The geographic scope of this survey covers Taiwan Province, Taipei City, and Kaohsiung City. All civilian population aged 15 years and over, currently living in ordinary household or institutional households, undertaking economic activities are included but those in military services or in prison are excluded.

Survey method and reference period

Through face-to-face interviews or telephone interviews, the sampled households are surveyed by well-trained interviewers who are recruited and assigned by local governments. Conducted once a month in the week right after a reference week, this survey is to record events occurred in the reference week covering the 15th day of the month. People who died or moved out of the sampled households during the reference week are excluded. Meanwhile, those who resided in the sampled households during the reference week but died or moved out of there later are still included.

Errors in estimation

The statistical results of this manpower survey are summarized with sample figures through parametric estimation by stratum and sampling stage. Except the total population, referring to the statistics resulted from household registration in the same period, not affected by errors in estimation, the rest of parametric estimates were influenced by random factors so that results might be allowably deviated from their true values. All estimates tabulated in this report and confidence intervals associated were computed on the ground of sampling theory so that users should know there exist limitation on the application of those estimates.

Moody's Analytics supplements

We compute a seasonally adjusted version of AME.

The NSA data are final and are not subject to revision. The SA data for prior years are revised current with dissemination of January values.

Further reading

At the source:

See https://www.stat.gov.tw/lp.asp?ctNode=1309&CtUnit=566&BaseDSD=7&mp=4 for the different revisions for industry standards. The main categories are unchanged for revisions 8, 9 and 10 (changes in the breakdown).