Covid-19 crisis casts shadow over graduate futures

The coronavirus outbreak casts a shadow over the future of approximately 300,000 soon-to-be graduates this year.

The bleak prospect of unemployment and layoffs as the economy staggers back to growth is expected to persist for at least two years.

Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Suvit Maesincee said the government is preparing to create jobs for the unemployed in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

Among these groups are about 500,000 jobless graduates who have yet to find work since they finished their education and up to 300,000 new graduates who will enter the job market this year, Mr Suvit said. If some people in the workforce are to be laid off afterwards, the number could reach about one million.

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