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The virus that shut down the world: Economic meltdown

With millions forced to work from home this year, offices and shops closing as part of containment measures, and travel severely curtailed everywhere, it was inevitable that the economy would suffer. In part five of our look back at 2020, we focus on the seismic effect that COVID-19 has had on the global economy.

COVID-19’s impact on wages is only just getting started, ILO warns

Global pressure on wages from COVID-19 will not stop with the arrival of a vaccine, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned on Wednesday, coinciding with a major report showing how the pandemic had slowed or reversed a trend of rising wages across the world, hitting women workers and the low-paid hardest.

Coronavirus could see global unemployment rise by 25 million: ILO in India

A new assessment by the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows the COVID-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by around 25 million.

ILO is calling for an internationally coordinated policy response, which would be of particular benefit to South Asian countries like India, since a large part of its work force lacks social security and employment benefits.

UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to the Director of ILO’s Decent Work Team for South Asia based in the UN’s India office, Dagmar Walter.

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Global unemployment rate expected to rise by 3.4 million: ILO

The global unemployment rate is expected to rise by 3.4 million this year, bringing the number of jobless people to just over 201 million.

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UN Gender Focus: ending violence against women, digital economy and youth unemployment

Violence against women, the worldwide scourge

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“Working poverty” pressing issue for youth

The issue of “working poverty” is a serious problem for young people especially in the developing world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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Jobs plan to give young women equal access to the labour market

A new global initiative addressing youth unemployment also aims to ensure young women don’t lose out when it comes to finding work.

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Spanish job growth still ‘incomplete’ amid slow global economic recovery – UN report

The Spanish economy requires “comprehensive” measures to boost lagging job creation and lower its rate of chronic unemployment, among the highest in Europe, a new report by the United Nations labour agency has warned.

Ban urges greater investment to tackle global epidemic of youth unemployment

At a time when the international community is struggling to generate more jobs, especially for young people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Governments to invest more in youth employment initiatives and promote decent work for all.

Ambitious job creation policies needed to tackle unemployment in G20 countries-UN agency

Five years after the global financial crisis, unemployment remains at “unacceptably high levels” in the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies, the United Nations labour agency said today, calling for new policies to create jobs and sustainable growth.