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Nearly one billion Asians in vulnerable jobs, says ILO

High growth, low unemployment mask precarious work conditions for many

Workers load carts at a brick factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April 2017.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Despite decades of world-beating economic growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into middle class life, around 900 million more Asian workers remain in what the International Labour Organization deems "vulnerable" employment.

Vulnerable employment refers to people who lack formal work arrangements or contracts, are often nonsalaried and working part-time in sectors such as agriculture or retail, and are sometimes self-employed. Such workers often can be fired without much notice and subsequently have no access to unemployment benefit.

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