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foreign workers, unions, Wages, percent, tourism

In the mid-1990s Lebanonís annual unemployment rate was estimated at about 20 to 25 percent. Lebanese workers, who number more than 1 million, must compete for jobs with an estimated 800,000 foreign workers, mostly Syrian. An estimated 62 percent of the employment is in services, including tourism, trade, government, construction, and finance. Approximately 31 percent of the labor force work in industry, including manufacturing, construction, and mining; and 7 percent in agriculture. Wages and buying power are low, and unions are encouraged. Periodically the unions strike, sometimes in a general action, often eliciting changes from the government.



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