Hi Bri, just my two cents worth.
It would be interesting to note what source Career Magazine cited. Something I’ve learned recently is that Unemployment Rates are not directly comparable across borders. At least, not as much as we’d like to think. So any comparison of, well, any National Income Accounting figures (and their ilk) ought to be footnoted.
This is partly why there are organizations like the OECD, who publish such numbers that are collected using methods that are comparable. And even with these comparisons, its nice to keep a pinch of salt handy.
Now, if the magazine article is going to gripe about Taiwan’s Unemployment levels, I doubt they are basing their analysis of Taiwan compared to, say, the Philippines. In fact, the OECD is probably a more likely comparison.
Should the magazine be more careful about this? Strictly speaking: yes. But in practical terms, no – becuase it makes the assumption (a fair one, imho) that its paying readers keep in mind this distinction.
Btw, that Germany figure isn’t as serious as it may initially seem, btw. Oh, it’s high, for sure, but i wonder if it is alarming. What can you say? It’s the Press.
Paogao, I agree with you findamentally about the self-fulfilling attitude many people I know in Taiwan take about the country’s prospects. I only have to look at MY country (the Philippines), to feel that people in Taiwan have it good, even now.