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Garment factory closures higher than declared earlier
16
Dec '09
The unions always doubted the number of closures of garment factories that used to be announced publicly since the economic crisis began late last year. But now according to a ministry announcement, 93 garment and shoe factories shut shop in the first 11 months of 2009.

Other than these closures, 60 factories temporarily suspended operations, affecting 35,337 more jobs, but 55 new factories were also opened, creating 15,173 new positions, according to statistics announced by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training at the fourth National Conference on Industrial Relations.

According to the Secretary, Ministry of Labour, the closures increased the rate of unemployment in Cambodia, but that around half of the laid-off workers found jobs again in the sector, so the real number of jobless garment workers was less than 30,000.

There are around 516 clothing and shoe factories operating in Cambodia, employing 358,660 workers. Of these, 418 factories are in Phnom Penh, employing 262,320, while the 98 factories in other provinces employ about 96,340 workers.

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