Textile companies fire thousands in Honduras

Honduras will lose a third of the jobs initially estimated for this year in the very important textile industry which has been hit hard due to lower consumption in the US.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"The loss of jobs is estimated to be between 12000 and 15000 for 2008. Between August and October, we have lost some 9100 jobs in the textile industry," said the president of the Association of Honduran Maquilas, Daniel Facusse, to the press.

The Association had estimated a loss of 5500 jobs for this year.



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