01 June 2012 17:22 [Source: ICIS news]
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In terms of the overall chemicals labour force, however, that employment easing was marginal, representing only a one-tenth of 1% decline.
In the plastics and rubber products industry, the department said the workforce fell by 800 positions last month to 634,900, also a razor-thin decline.
The May declines in employment for both sectors followed similar job losses in April.
The economy added only 69,000 new jobs in May, well below the 150,000 workforce expansion that had been expected and the fourth straight month of declining or underperforming jobs growth.
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