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Afghanistan economy “paralyzed” after half a million jobs were lost under Taliban

According to the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 500,000 individuals have lost or been driven out of their employment in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a statement that the economy has been “paralyzed” and that there have been massive employment and working-hour losses.

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According to the statement, women have been struck particularly hard. As a result of the Afghan crisis and “restrictions on women’s involvement in the workplace,” employment losses are predicted to reach almost 700,000 by the middle of this year, with the most catastrophic projections exceeding 900,000 by the end of the year.

Women’s employment levels are already extremely low by global standards, but the ILO estimates that they will have fallen by 16% in the third quarter of 2021 and that they might decline by 21% to 28% by mid-2022.

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“The situation in Afghanistan is serious, and rapid assistance for stabilization and recovery is necessary,” said Ramin Behzad, Senior Coordinator for Afghanistan at the International Labour Organization (ILO). “While meeting urgent humanitarian needs is a priority, long-term and inclusive recovery will rely on individuals and communities having access to good employment, livelihoods, and basic services.”

Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost in numerous vital industries that have been “devastated” since the takeover, according to the ILO.

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Agriculture and the civil service are examples of industries where workers have been laid off or are not being paid. The construction industry’s 538,000 workers – 99 percent of them are males – have also suffered as key infrastructure projects have stopped, according to the statement.

The Taliban takeover has also resulted in “hundreds of thousands” of Afghan security force members losing their jobs, according to the ILO, who also noted that teachers and health workers had been severely hit by the economy’s shortage of cash in the face of declining foreign donor assistance.

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