Youth job loss : Doomed lockdown generation?

Youth job loss : Doomed lockdown generation?

The Joint report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said, “For India, the report estimates job loss for 4.1 million youth. Construction and agriculture have witnessed major jobs lost among seven key sectors.”

On Regional assessment of the “Global Survey on Youth and COVID-19” a joint report titled ‘Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific’, was made by the ILO-ADB. Releasing on Tuesday, it arrived at estimates based on available unemployment data in different countries.

“The pre-crisis challenges for youth are now amplified since Covid-19 hit. Without sufficient attention, our fear is that this risks creating a ‘lockdown generation’ that could feel the weight of this crisis for many years to come,” said Sara Elder, head of the ILO Regional Economic and Social Analysis unit.

According to the report, the prospects of employment in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged. Above all, Those between 15 and 24 years are the hardest hit. Additionally, two-thirds of firm-level apprenticeships and three-quarters of internships were completely interrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the report said.

According to ILO-ADB, young people have been affected in three ways:

First, job disruptions in the form of reduced working hours and earnings. As a result, It includes job losses for both paid workers and the self-employed. Second, interruptions in their education and training. Additionally, difficulties in transitioning from school to work, and moving between jobs during this time.

What Govts Must Do for providing the Youth with jobs

To alleviate this problem, the report calls upon governments of Asia and the Pacific to generate jobs for youths. To focus on education and training. There is a need to adopt urgent, large-scale and targeted measures.

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the youth of Asia and the Pacific faced challenges in the labour market. It leads to high unemployment rates. Therefore, large shares of youth is excluded from both school and work, the recent report says.

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