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February 19, 2009

Asian Joblessness to Balloon

Asia is likely to have 7.2 million more jobless people in 2009 than last year due to fallout from the global economic crisis, the International Labor Organization said.

It forecast the ranks of unemployed workers would likely balloon to 97 million in 2009 in Asia, the world economy’s star performer in recent years but where a third of the population still live on a little more than $1 a day.

“As global demand for workers contracts, the flow of migrant workers from developing Asia will moderate in 2009,” the ILO report said. “For labor-sending countries, this will exacerbate the challenge of mitigating job losses and generating new employment domestically.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

February 10, 2009

China’s January Exports Fall 17.5%, Most Since 1996

According to Bloomberg: “China’s exports fell by the most in almost 13 years as demand dried up in the U.S. and Europe, worsening the outlook for jobs and industrial production in the world’s third-biggest economy.”

China’s economic slide has already cost the jobs of 20 million migrant workers, adding pressure on the government to boost consumption and expand a 4 trillion yuan ($585 billion) stimulus package. Government researchers have advocated weakening the yuan against the dollar to support exports, a move that could add to trade tensions amid the worst financial crisis since World War II.”

Imports declined 43.1 percent in January from a year earlier, the biggest decline since Bloomberg data began in 1995, on the nation’s waning demand for raw materials for manufacturing and lower commodity prices.”

“China’s industrial output grew 5.7 percent in December, down from 17.4 percent a year earlier.”

“Taiwan’s shipments to the mainland slumped 64 percent in January because of weaker demand for electronic components.”

“Philippine shipments to China fell 58 percent.

“India imposed a six-month ban on imports of Chinese toys last month, citing health concerns.”

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