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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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Boswelatlou councilor in Lobatse, Mr Themba Stimela has asked the council to intensify bush clearing through Ipelegeng labour intensive projects in Lobatse.
Comrade Olaleye blamed the situation on the nation's economy and called for the introduction of labour intensive allowance.
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Another MEP pointed out that progress has been made in Parliament to achieve a reduced VAT rate for labour intensive services, and criticised the Commission for not consulting the Parliament enough in this area.
Mozambican construction technology is understandably unsophisticated by European standards, but, paradoxically, the plentiful supply of artisans made it possible to achieve labour intensive effects, such as the smooth finish of the concrete walls, the extensive woodwork and the evenly spaced pebbles in the garden courtyard.
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The Development of Labour Intensive Industry in ASEAN Countries.