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Zimbabwe losing workforce as economy continues downward spiral

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Essential services in Zimbabwe are being decimated by brain drain as workers leave for higher-paying jobs abroad.

Zimbabwe’s economy was already on its knees before the pandemic struck, and COVID-19 has only made things worse.

Salaries are stagnant, foreign currency is in short supply, and the purchasing power of the Zimbabwean dollar continues to erode, with annual inflation topping 60 percent at the close of last year. Manufacturing is low, and poverty is rising along with prices for everything, including essentials like food and fuel.

Now the economic carnage is threatening essential public services by triggering a massive brain drain in critical sectors.

Harare City Council, which runs the Zimbabwean capital’s fire department, said the city lost 125 firefighters last year.

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