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Ho Chi Minh City's labor woes threaten global supply chains

Vietnam's industrial south seen short 100,000 workers due to COVID

Garment workers in Ho Chi Minh City. Coronavirus-related layoffs and travel curbs last summer left many migrants stuck in the city for months without income.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Ho Chi Minh City and the rest of Vietnam's industrial south are grappling with a labor shortage as the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions drive migrant workers away.

From Intel to Samsung Electronics, southern Vietnam is home to production hubs for many global corporations. As the region attracts more manufacturers seeking respite from the U.S.-China trade war, protracted staffing setbacks could send ripples throughout global supply chains.

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