Construction and farm sector workers account for the majority of job losses, according to the report.
Employment prospects of the young in Asia and the Pacific have been severely challenged due to the pandemic, it added, stating that the youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis.
The report is based on a regional assessment by the 'Global Survey on Youth and Covid-19', whose estimates were arrived at based on available unemployment
data in different countries.
The report said that in India, two-thirds of firm-level apprenticeships and three quarters of internships were completely disrupted during the pandemic.
The report calls on governments in the region to adopt urgent, large-scale and targeted measures to generate jobs
for the youth, keep education and training on track, and minimise future scarring of more than 660 million young people in the region.
Even before the Covid-19 crisis, youth in Asia and the Pacific faced challenges in the labour market, resulting in high unemployment
rates and large shares of youth excluded from both school and work.
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