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One in six private-sector jobs because of the pandemic

young people are the main victims of the economic slump caused by the pandemic Covid-19, is worrying the international labour Organization. According to the study published Wednesday, more than one young person out of six interviewed - aged less than 29 years - has stopped working since the onset of the virus. And those who have kept their jobs have seen their working time decrease of 23 %. In addition, about half of young students have noted the "delays likely" in the full realization of their studies, while 10 % expect not to be able to finish it.
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The director-general of the ILO, Guy Ryder, has called on the government to bring "particular attention to this generation of containment" to prevent it from being affected by the crisis on the long-term. "Young people are simply going to be left behind, and in great number," he added, explaining that they are disproportionately affected by the crisis, due to disruptions in the labour 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 age group who were working were occupied generally in precarious, low-paid or informal, relating in particular to the status of migrant workers.

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The Geneva-based organization has also revised upwards, from 7 to 135 million, the number of jobs lost in the first quarter. The estimation of losses over the period April to June remained unchanged, with 305 million full-time equivalents, the Americas to be the most affected region.

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