LOCAL employment is expected to do well this year as companies continue rehiring workers and expanding their businesses, an official of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

DOLE 7 director Elias Cayanong said that there would be more job opportunities for Cebuanos this year as companies are back hiring.

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“Those companies that were affected by the global recession have reported that they have started recalling their workers,” he said in a telephone interview last Friday.

Cayanong reported that the unemployment rate in the region went down by 7.1 percent last year.

“The rehiring of workers is a sign that local employment will boost this year,” he said.

More job opportunities, he added, are in store for the locals this year as reports from the export industry revealed production expansion as orders have started coming back.

Aside from the export industry, other industries who would continue to propel employment this year are in tourism, construction and business process outsourcing (BPOs).

Although, the tourism industry experienced a decline due to the global recession, Cayanong said that with the growing charter flights, tourism would continue to be one of the sources of employment.

He also said that the department will continue to generate more jobs to the informal sector in the society. One of its projects, Cayanong said is the Negosyo sa Kariton, which has already helped 123 ambulant vendors.