ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work (5th edition)

The vast majority, namely, 93 per cent, of the world’s workers continue to reside in countrieswith some sort of workplace closure measurein place. This global share has remained relativelystable since mid-March, but with a marked shifttowards softer measures. Currently, the Americasis experiencing the highest level of restrictions onworkers and workplaces.

The latest ILO estimates show that workinghour losses have worsened during the first half of 2020, reflecting the deteriorating situation in recent weeks, especially in developing countries. During the first quarter of the year, an estimated 5.4 per cent of global working hours (equivalent to 155 million full-time jobs) were lost relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. Workinghour losses for the second quarter of 2020 relative to the last quarter of 2019 are estimated to reach 14.0 per cent worldwide (equivalent to 400 million full-time jobs), with the largest reduction (18.3 per cent) occurring in the Americas.

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