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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs                           3  September 2011

Laos’ labor force is 3.7 million

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The current size of Laos’ labor force aged between the ages of 16 and 65 is 3.7 million people with the majority of them in agriculture.

President of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions, Mr. Khamla Lorlonesy told the Sixth Congress of Youth Representatives that 76.6 percent of labour force was in the agriculture and forestry sectors, 7.8 percent in industry and construction and the remaining 15.6 percent in service industries.

Mr. Khamla said that more than 300,000 people are working for business units and almost 167,100 people for the government.

The Lao Federation of Trade Unions has proposed the government increase the minimum wage from 290,000 kip to at least 348,000 kip per month, this excludes other wellfare benefits each worker is entitled to have from relevant organisations.


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