Asia-Pacific Labour Market Insights

  1. Job retention schemes help offset COVID-19 labour market impacts in Asia and the Pacific

    Asia-Pacific labour markets were devastated in 2020 by containment measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent economic slowdown. Policymakers throughout the region leveraged various tools to counter the adverse impacts on jobs, including temporary employment protection schemes.

  2. Estimating labour market transitions from labour force surveys: The case of Viet Nam

    This paper discusses methodologies to estimate the incidence and frequency of labour market transitions, and applies these methodologies to labour force survey data from Viet Nam in 2011-19. It demonstrates the feasibility and value of transitions data for labour market analysis.

  3. Is public sector employment a haven in the COVID-19 jobs crisis?

    It looks as if job opportunities in the public sector have provided a respite from the shrinking private sector during the dark days of the COVID-19 crisis, at least for some women.

  4. How do men and women in the Asia–Pacific region feel about women working?

    In all sub-regions and countries, a majority of both women and men show a preference for female labour force participation, with women in paid work either as a sole activity or in combination with unpaid work to care for the household.

  5. How did COVID -19 impact working hours in Asia-Pacific economies in 2020?

    Working hours declined in all Asia-Pacific economies in 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdowns and containment measures, but losses were especially strong in the South Asia subregion.

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Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2020

81 million jobs lost as COVID-19 creates turmoil in Asia-Pacific labour markets

The Asia–Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2020 highlights lost working hours due to the COVID-19 crisis, which have caused devastating drops in income and increased in the incidence of working poverty in the region.