The purpose of this research was to assist the local partners to address the rural labor market, thereby helping the poor to improve their employment opportunities in four communes of two districts in Thanh Hoa province. The key objectives of the assignment were to: depict the rural labour market situation of the project communes/districts; propose concrete measures addressing key bottlenecks in the rural labor market for the project areas, and empower the local partners in tackling employment issues faced by the rural poor.