China's toy, clothing factories see post-New Year labor shortage

02/20/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

In what's becoming an annual tradition, factories in China expect that many of the workers who left to celebrate the week-long Lunar New Year won't return to their posts, a problem that could lead to delays for toy and apparel sellers in the US and other countries. China's one-child rule has led to a steep drop in the population of young people who typically take the jobs, and more workers are eschewing toy and apparel factories for more lucrative jobs at electronics plants.

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