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Labor paradox leaves Vietnam factories reeling after COVID exodus

Key global supplier struggles to find workers despite millions being jobless

Inside a Daphaco Electric Cable ​factory in Vietnam's Long An province. The country's workers have slept at factories to prevent ruptures in global supply chains for goods from electronics to shoes.   © Daphaco

HO CHI MINH CITY -- The COVID conundrum seen around the world has reached Vietnam: Millions are out of work, and yet factories cannot hire enough workers to satisfy foreign customers, which are bracing for a holiday season already under threat from brittle global supply chains.

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