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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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Not very labor intense nd employees do not need any special skills.
The officer said over the past ten years, the labor supply to agriculture has been continuously shrinking and has resulted in a major problem in the labor intense agriculture sector.
Conventional retrofitting is labor intense by replacing the fixture or replacing the ballast.
Automatic x-ray inspection incorporates technological advances made through the years, and offers an alternative to the labor intense process of one operator per station analyzing tire images on a viewing screen.
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Office moving is much more labor intense than household moving and requires more supervision, project management, equipment and training.