More workers laid off since flood crisis

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BANGKOK, 23 January 2012 (NNT) – The Department of Labor Protection and Welfare has revealed that over 160,000 workers have not been able to return to work since the devastating flood last year while over 28,000 more have been laid off from their jobs.

Mr. Arthit Isamo, Director-General of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare, Ministry of Labor, said the jobless number rose by over 800 people during last week to 28,195 people in total. The latest batch of the unemployed comprises former workers of four companies located within seven provinces, namely Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Saraburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Bangkok.

Thus far, 99 businesses have laid off their employees while another 351 businesses have remained closed since the flooding last year, leaving more than 160,000 workers waiting to return to work.

On the other hand, over 822,000 workers have been re-employed; a quarter of them were recruited through the government’s program which introduced them to new employers. 277 more businesses have joined the program with around 100,000 positions up for grabs.

Nearly 700 other companies have also participated in another government’s program which sends workers to work in a different province both temporarily and permanently with over 79,000 positions now available. 13,251 workers have already been hired by 110 employers in this program so far.

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Reporter : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT News Date : 23 January 2012