Laos’ Garment Industry Faces Severe Labor Shortage

Garment factories in Laos are experiencing labor shortages as workers are looking to Thailand for greener pastures, sources say.

A factory manager in the capital Vientiane who requested anonymity told RFA’s Lao Service earlier this month, “According to [results] of a survey we need about 10,000 more workers.”

The shortage is the result of relatively low wages in Laos compared to what workers in the same industry can earn in neighboring Thailand.


RFA's Lao Service