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June 23, 2020

Service sector hardest hit by job losses due to Covid-19

By Paul Dennis

23 June

The Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the job market leaving millions of people without jobs.

The service sector, which employs a large portion of low income workers, is one of the hardest hit sectors.

As social distancing and lockdown measures continue to control the spread of the virus, many of these jobs are unlikely to return any time soon.

Colin Williams, professor of public policy at University of Sheffield, shared an article based on statistics from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on workers and businesses.

The article notes that approximately three quarters of the global workforce is at risk of losing their jobs due to lockdown measures and business closures caused by the pandemic.

The article noted that South East Asia and the Pacific regions are the most affected with 76% of the workforce at risk followed by the Americas, Africa and Europe.

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