Sri Lanka gains service sector jobs in 3Q: official survey

Dec 21, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has generated 234,000 service sector jobs in the third quarter of 2009 from a year earlier, though 89,000 jobs were lost in industry, and 240,000 were lost in the farming sector, a government survey showed.

Fernando says there are a large number of seasonal workers in agriculture.

Industry had 1.91 million people employed in the third quarter down from 2.0 a year earlier and flat from 1.91 million in the second quarter.

The services sector had 3.30 million people employed, up from 3.06 million a year earlier and also up from 3.16 million in the second quarter.

The data does not include Sri Lanka’s Northern province, which had just emerged from a 30-year war.

The agriculture sector shrank 0.9 percent in the quarter, with paddy production falling 28.4 percent, though volumes were the second highest in the county’s history. The service sector grew 5.1 percent with hotels and tourism growing 20.6 percent.

“Hotels and restaurants and retail trade generated new jobs,” G Y L Fernando, who is in charge of surveys at the statistics office said.

Officials also said the government had continued to recruit more people in the public service.

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