Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ work de­clines over Au­gust

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AUS­TRALIA’S fourth largest em­ploy­ment sec­tor, man­u­fac­tur­ing, has ex­pe­ri­enced an over­all de­cline in ac­tiv­ity in Septem­ber, the Aus­tralian In­dus­try Group Aus­tralian Per­for­mance of Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­dex re­veals.

It shows food and bev­er­ages, wood prod­ucts and fur­ni­ture and mis­cel­la­neous man­u­fac­tur­ers were the hard­est hit sub-sec­tors of the in­dus­try in Au­gust.

But in a promis­ing sign of growth, the sub­sec­tors of pa­per, print­ing and pub­lish­ing and tex­tiles, cloth­ing and footwear all ex­panded over the same pe­riod.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing em­ploys about 945,000 peo­ple na­tion­wide or 8 per cent of Aus­tralia’s work­ers.

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