Pandemic has cost 1.8 million jobs this year, business group says

At least 1.8 million additional people were out of work in the first quarter of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an industrial association said Monday.

Most of the people out of work because of the crisis between December 2020 and March 2021 were independent workers, fresh graduates, migrant workers, and unregistered workers, said Thanit Sorat, the Vice President of the Thai Employers’ Organization, Traders and Industry Council (ECON Thai). 

Thailand continues to battle with the third and most severe wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as construction businesses, the tourism industry and retail businesses continue to struggle and close down.

The government must provide further measures to help workers affected by the pandemic, Thanit added. Past handouts such as Rao Chana and Mor 33 Rao Ruk Gun, are still not enough to compensate for the severe loss of income, he said.

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