Young people are the main victims of the economic slump caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, worries the International Labor Organization. According to the study released Wednesday, more than one in six young people interviewed – under the age of 29 – have stopped working since the virus first appeared. And those who kept their jobs saw their working hours decrease by 23%. In addition, about half of young students report a “probable delay” in the complete completion of their studies while 10% expect to be unable to complete them.
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ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on governments to “pay close attention to this generation of containment” to prevent it from being affected by the long-term crisis. “Young people will simply be left behind, and in large numbers,” he added, explaining that they are disproportionately affected by the crisis, due to the disruptions in the labor market, in education. and training.
With a rate of 13.6% in 2019, youth unemployment was already higher before the crisis than in any other population group. The 15-24 year olds who worked generally held precarious, poorly paid or informal jobs, notably linked to the status of migrant workers.
The Geneva-based organization has also revised upwards, from 7 to 135 million, the number of jobs lost in the first quarter. The estimate of losses over the period from April to June remained unchanged, with 305 million full-time equivalents, the Americas being the most affected region.