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Sunday 20 April 2014

Curtains for dry cleaners as recession hits

THE recession has prompted more of us to roll up our sleeves to do our own ironing and washing -- putting one in six dry cleaners out of work.

Along with construction workers, dry cleaners, hairdressers and beauticians are amongst the workers hardest hit by the recession, according to a new study by the economists, Indecon.

About one in six hairdressers and beauticians have lost their job since the recession forced people to tighten their belts, according to the study. Pub and restaurant staff have also been hit hard -- about one in four bar staff are out of work, while one in five waiters are unemployed.

With childcare costs and unemployment prompting more parents to stay at home to look after their children, creches have suffered -- almost 13 per cent of childcare workers are now out of work.

The study examined the impact of the recession on the domestic economy.

Almost one in five of those working in the domestic economy is now out of work.

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