UN Labor Agency Increases Estimate Of Global Job Losses Due To Coronavirus

29 April 2020, Bavaria, Nuremberg: The bar of a hotel, which has reduced its operations to a minimum because of the coronavirus, is empty. The hotel industry has been hit hard by the Corona crisis. On 30th April the ... 29 April 2020, Bavaria, Nuremberg: The bar of a hotel, which has reduced its operations to a minimum because of the coronavirus, is empty. The hotel industry has been hit hard by the Corona crisis. On 30th April the Federal Employment Agency will announce the labour market figures for April 2020 - the first month in which the crisis has taken full effect. Photo: Daniel Karmann/dpa (Photo by Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty Images) MORE LESS

GENEVA — The United Nations’ main labor body again raised its prediction of job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, estimating the equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs could be lost in the second quarter alone.

The International Labor Organization says the expansion of longer lockdown measures has underpinned the increase from its previous estimate of losses 195 million full-time job equivalents — based on an average 48-hour work week — in the current quarter.

The agency, which unites business, labor groups and governments, estimated how many work hours are likely to be lost, and calculated how many full-time jobs that would make.

The ILO also projects that 1.6 billion workers in the “informal economy,” which includes work without proper contracts or oversight by government regulation and taxes, “stand in immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed.”

That’s nearly half the global workforce of 3.3 billion people.

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