ILO warns about increase in unemployment during 2022 | News

The director general of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, stated on Tuesday that millions of people have left the labor market since the beginning of the pandemic and anticipated that another 40 million could do so during 2022.


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The headline reported through the social network Twitter that the post-pandemic recovery still shows a deficit of 52 million jobs compared to 2019 levels, before the Covid-19 outbreak.

He referred that these results are worse than the forecast made by the ILO in mid-2020 and said that they reveal inequities (such as women’s access to employment) that the pandemic has exacerbated.

Last Monday, the agency published its most recent report “ILO Trends in Social and Employment Prospects in the World 2022”, which states that in 2021 the global employment rate stood at 55.9 percent (1.4 points below the 2019 level).

The document estimates that 207 million people would be unemployed in the world in 2022 and that the number of hours actually worked would remain 2 percent below the pre-pandemic level.

According to the report, “projections up to 2023 suggest that it will continue to be difficult to achieve a full recovery in employment.”

The text assesses that the labor market has been severely damaged during the health crisis caused by SARS-CoV-2, and that inflation is added to this circumstance, since the rise in prices of essential products increases the cost of the crisis. for the workers.

Regarding the inequities previously mentioned, such as the difference in access to the labor market between women and men, it is ensured that this gap will remain in 2022 (the employment rates for women are 16 points lower than theirs).

Among other focuses, the ILO also draws attention to the prolonged closures of educational centers due to the health situation, and values ​​that these will affect learning in the long term (especially those people who did not access online classes) and the training of young people to enter the labor market in full conditions in the future.