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Coronavirus claims 30,000 jobs in manufacturing sector

More than 30,000 formal jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector and 80 per cent of the existing jobs are vulnerable as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite.

Manufacturers now say the job situation remains grim as the stimulus package the government unveiled takes longer to create the desired impact in the disrupted business environment.

In a report set to be launched today, the jobs assessment also contains several recommendations on how to keep one of the key pillars of President Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda alive.

The retail, agriculture, beverages and textile sectors create the largest number of jobs and contribute up to 60 per cent of the manufacturing sector gross domestic product.

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