The coronavirus pandemic caused a 14% drop in working hours in the world during the second quarter of 2020, which is equivalent to 400 million full-time jobs (48 hours a week), almost one hundred million more than what was had previously estimated.
The data comes from a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), which added that the drop is so marked, compared to the last quarter of 2019, that not even a recovery in the second half of 2020 – on the other hand ” highly uncertain “- it would be enough to return to employment levels prior to the health crisis.
Most likely, job losses will deepen in the coming months, depending on the evolution of the pandemic, on national measures taken by governments and on international cooperation whether it works or not, summarizes the latest ILO analysis on the impact of Covid-19 on the global job market.
Just over a month ago, the UN technical agency had estimated that the loss of hours of work would be equivalent to 10.7% (305 million fewer jobs), but the rapid expansion of the crisis left that forecast behind, it reported. the EFE news agency.
The ILO evaluation shows the worsening of the employment situation in recent weeks and by region, with America being the continent most affected, with a total loss of working hours of 18.3% so far.
Europe, which was the main infectious focus between March and April, as well as the countries of Central Asia come as the second group of countries most affected, with a reduction of 13.9% in working hours, just 0.4% more than China and the rest of Asia.