Women hardest-hit in pandemic job market, says UN labour body

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Women have been hit tougher than males by job losses all over the world as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, and solely males’s employment is more likely to get well this 12 months to 2019 ranges, the International Labour Organization (ILO) stated on Monday.

Women have been at larger threat of lay-offs or lowered working hours during times of anti-infection financial and social restrictions, particularly in sectors equivalent to lodging, meals companies and manufacturing, the U.N. company stated.

Many ladies haven’t solely skilled extreme lack of earnings but additionally proceed to bear the brunt of unpaid care work.

“Even though the projected jobs growth in 2021 for women exceeds that of men, it will, nonetheless, be insufficient to bring women back to pre-pandemic employment levels,” the ILO stated in a report.

Globally, between 2019 and 2020, 4.2% of ladies’s employment was eradicated because of the pandemic, representing a drop of 54 million jobs, in comparison with 3% of males’s employment or 60 million jobs, it stated.

The variety of employed ladies in 2021 is projected to be 13 million fewer than in 2019, whereas the variety of males in employment is projected to be about the identical as in 2019.

“Only 43.2% of the world’s working-age women will be employed in 2021, compared to 68.6% of working-age men,” the ILO stated.

The Americas had the biggest regional drop in ladies’s employment as a result of pandemic, at 9.4%, and prospects stay bleak for girls in the area, it stated.

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