Labor Intensive

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Labor Intensive

Describing an industry or sector in which it is difficult to produce a good or service without a large amount of labor. Labor intensive industries require either a large number of employees or a large number of hours worked by employees, or both, in order to be successful. Labor intensity may be quantified by taking a ratio of the cost of labor (i.e. wages and salaries) as a proportion of the total capital cost of producing the good or service. The higher the ratio, the higher the labor intensity. Labor intensive industries may control costs in bad economies by laying off workers. Examples of labor intensive industries include agriculture, mining, and hospitality.
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Entitled "Smart Marketing Coaching", the 30-day programme helps businesses implement smart marketing activities that provide quick sources of revenue with the least amount of labour intensity.
But the construction industry has the potential to help deliver a private sector-led recovery and create new jobs, thanks to its vast value chain, labour intensity and strong regional presence.
In addition, TFP is disaggregated to identify procyclical changes in input utilisation as a consequence of the business cycle: changes in labour intensity and in capital utilisation.
Or someone has prepared a sandwich but just to add to the labour intensity of the whole farrago, they can't just slap it on a plate.
where L refers to employment in sector i, I to the labour intensity (L/Y), and Y to gross output; bars refer to period averages.
This paper examines how individualisation of agriculture affects labour intensity and efficiency of agricultural production.
The machine has the ability to measure the seam of a can which has been sectioned on a twin blade saw, therefore removing the need for full teardown and reducing labour intensity.
Most companies are trying to reduce their labour intensity with more mechanisation and one would expect to see quite a lot more job cutting.
This paper examines the relevance of East Asian experience for increased labour intensity in agriculture in Bangladesh in the post-'Green Revolution' period.
Downstream industries - which are also capital-intensive but have significantly higher labour intensity requirements - are more likely to be able to meet the challenge of long-term, sustainable growth," he added.
Spending on construction also generates a relatively high level of employment, compared to other sectors, because projects tend to require a high labour intensity.
Together, occupational and educational attributes characterise the IT labour intensity of a firm, an industry, or the aggregate economy.