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Labor shortage hits China's export leader

(Xinhua)

16:50, February 29, 2012

GUANGZHOU, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- South China's Guangdong province, the nation's production and export base, is experiencing a labor shortage, local authorities said Wednesday.

The Hong Kong-bordering province is short by about 800,000 laborers, a spokesman with the Guangdong Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security said.

The labor shortage has mainly hit labor- and service-intensive industries, including the textile, catering and shoemaking industries, the spokesman said.

Industrial upgrades will cause an even more severe shortage of technical workers in the future, the spokesman said.

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