COVID-19 Has Resulted in Massive Southeast Asian Job Losses

Southeast Asian nations have suffered “unprecedented” employment losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said today, suggesting that the region faces a long road out of its current Delta-variant maelstrom.

While the year 2020 marked the high-water mark of the COVID-19 pandemic in many places, for Southeast Asia, 2021 is shaping up as the true pandemic annus horribilis. Since the beginning of the year, the region has emerged as one of the global epicenters of the pandemic, with many countries currently recording their highest daily tolls of infection and death from the disease.

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