ECONOMY

Romania near to a labor crisis

BUCHAREST (AP) – Romania is on the verge of a labor crisis, because between 1.2 and 2 million people have left the country and taken work abroad, according to the country’s labor minister, Paul Pacuraru. The crisis could deepen in the next two years because fewer youngsters will finish their schooling, he said. The shortage in graduates is a result of the low birthrate in the early 1990s. Pacuraru said late on Wednesday that the Romanian government should take emergency measures to prevent the crisis. These measures should improve the social welfare system, stimulate the birthrate and offer job opportunities to people over 50. He said that before bringing in workers from Asia or Africa, Romania should make every effort to employ Romanians.