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Coronavirus inflicts 'triple shock' on young people, ILO says

Labor body highlights falling employment, education and job prospects

A man wearing mask is seen in Bangkok on March 5. The Asia and Pacific region could suffer a quarterly decline in working hours of 10% in the April-June period. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- The COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting a "triple shock" on young people globally, particularly women, and is having a harsh impact on Asia's job market, according to new research by the International Labour Organization.

In its latest analysis on the effect of the pandemic on the global labor market, the ILO said more than one-in-six people aged 18-29 had stopped working since the onset of the pandemic, while those who remain employed had seen their working hours cut by 23%.

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