COVID-19 and labour statistics
The coronavirus pandemic has a large impact on our lives and our societies — but what is the impact and consequences for labour markets and the collection of labour statistics?
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Labour market impacts
At a glance
2020 at a glance
Decline in working hours
These working-hour losses (relative to the fourth quarter of 2019) are equivalent to 255 million full-time jobs and approximately four times greater than during the global financial crisis in 2009.
increase in persons outside the labour force
Employment losses in 2020 translated mainly into rising inactivity rather than unemployment. Accounting for 71 per cent of global employment losses, inactivity increased by 81 million, which resulted in a reduction of the global labour force participation rate by 2.2 percentage points in 2020 to 58.4 per cent.
Building Forward Fairer: Women’s rights to work and at work at the core of the COVID-19 recovery
This policy brief provides an outlook of where women stand in the labour market after more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic created many of practical and conceptual challenges, as well as a major demand for enhanced data to describe the impact on labour markets and the world of work. The ILO has produced a range of information and guides to describe the impacts COVID-19 has had on data collection, and support countries to continue to produce relevant data.