The pandemic plunged 100 million more workers into poverty

In addition to the damage to health, the coronavirus left other consequences. The pandemic plunged more than 100 million more workers into poverty as a result of missing working hours and access to good-quality jobs. This was announced by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

“Five years of progress towards eradicating the working poor have been ruined,” says an ILO report. The agency detailed that compared to 2019, some 108 million more workers in the world were re-classified as poor or very poor.

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This crisis is far from over and employment is not expected to return to its pre-pandemic level until 2023, the ILO warned in its annual report. By the end of 2021, the world will still have 75 million fewer jobs, a figure that if the pandemic had not taken place, would not exist, as warned in that document.

Even by the end of 2022 this delay will not be covered and it is estimated that there will be 23 million fewer jobs than without the health crisis that has already caused the death of more than 3.5 million people.

“Recovering from covid-19 is not just a health problem,” said the ILO director general, Guy Ryder. He also stressed that “it will also be necessary to overcome the serious damage caused to economies and societies.”

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