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Ms. Ran, a 27 year old native of Guizhou province, worked one year at Smart Union before the company went bankrupt on October 15. She is spending her time knitting clothes while she waits to hear of new job opportunities in Dongguan, China. She'll leave Dongguan at the end of November if she can't find full employment. Dongguan has been hard hit the last few months as the economies of rich countries falter. Export demand has been reduced and companies that were operating on the margins have folded leaving thousands of migrant workers with tough choices.