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Guy Ryder, ILO director-general, at the launch of the ILO World Employment and Social Outlook report, Geneva, 17 January 2022. (Photo: Marcel Crozet/ILO)

No return to pre-pandemic job levels until ‘at least’ 2023. The outlook for a recovery in the global labour market this year remains “slow and uncertain” and unemployment is likely to remain above pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday. In its latest report, the UN’s labour market agency downgraded its forecast for recovery in 2022, projecting that the number of working hours lost will be the equivalent of 52 million full-time jobs, compared with the fourth quarter of 2019.

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