Global social and employment devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic: U.N. report

Global social and employment devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic U.N. report

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Dr. Ron Brown

June 3, 2021

A video on global employment and the social outlook from the International Labour Organization (ILO), a U.N. agency, describes the risk of unparalleled long-term damage from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will require resolute policy enactments to bring about recovery. Based on the ILO’s release of World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2021, the video describes how the pandemic has devastated the health, livelihoods, and employment of populations around the globe, despite mitigation measures to meet the public health crisis.

Losses measured in working hours in 2020 are equivalent to putting 255 million workers out of work for a year, in comparison with an expected increase of 30 million new jobs in 2020 without the pandemic. Hardest hit areas are Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. As labour income fell, poverty rose, reversing the past five years of progress against working poverty.

Economic recovery is expected to be uneven across the globe unless measures are implemented to close ...

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