The number of unemployed workers in Vietnam is expected to increase this year to 1.3 million, higher than the 1.2 million recorded last year.
The New Straits Times reported on January 18 based on a report titled “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2022” (WESO Trends) by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Accordingly, the ILO forecasts that unemployment this year in Vietnam (VN) is equal to 2020. Vietnam ranks second among Southeast Asian countries in terms of the number of unemployed workers increases due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the top is Indonesia with 6.1 million people and the Philippines in third place with 1.1 million people.
The ILO report also said that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the lives of Vietnamese people, especially in the first nine months of 2021 since Vietnam suffered a fourth outbreak of the disease.
This has caused many businesses to close or only partially operate. In which, major industrial centers in Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai suffered heavy losses.
The ILO estimates that around 2.2 million workers have left Vietnam’s major cities and returned to their hometowns as a result of the lingering effects of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 infections remained high with 16,763 cases on January 18, as recorded by the Ministry of Health.