UN: Corona pandemic plunges 100 million workers into poverty

The Corona pandemic has after One- Indicated more than a hundred million workers driven into poverty. One published on Wednesday Study by the International Employment Agency According to (ILO), the crisis in the labor market triggered by the pandemic will last for years. The employment rate will not reach the pre-crisis level until 2023 at the earliest. The ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

"Five years of progress in eradicating labor poverty have been undone," the report said. Compared to 2019, 108 million more workers worldwide are classified as poor or extremely poor. The report highlighted that the pandemic had exacerbated pre-existing inequalities by hitting poor workers harder.

The crisis has accordingly affected a disproportionate number of women who lost their jobs more often than men, but at the same time had to look after children or people in need of care more often. In view of the numbers, the ILO warned of a risk of »retraditionalisation« of gender roles.

The International Employment Agency estimates that the pandemic will cause 75 million additional jobs to be lost worldwide by the end of the year. The corona pandemic is "not just a public health crisis, but also an employment crisis," warned ILO boss Guy Ryder. He called for targeted efforts to create jobs and support the most vulnerable in society.

The report also shows that 2022 million people are expected to be unemployed in 205 - far more than in 2019 (187 million). The situation is likely to be far worse, however: Many people kept their jobs during the pandemic, but their working hours were cut. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, 2020 percent of global working hours were cut in 8,8 - this corresponds to 255 million full-time jobs according to the ILO.