malaymail.com 03 May, 2021 06:45 am

One in two people globally lost income due to Covid-19 pandemic, Gallup research shows

One in two people globally lost income due to Covid-19 pandemic, Gallup research shows
NAIROBI, May 3 — One in two people worldwide saw their earnings drop due to the coronavirus, with people in low-income countries particularly hard hit by job losses or cuts to their working hours, research showed today. US-based polling company Gallup, which surveyed 300,000 people across 117...

The Gallup poll found that more than half of those surveyed said they temporarily stopped working at their job or business — translating to about 1.In 57 countries including India, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Kenya, Bangladesh, El Salvador, more than 65 per cent of respondents said they stopped working for a time.Countries where people were least likely to say they stopped working were predominantly developed, high-income countries.Fewer than one in 10 of those who had jobs in Austria, Switzerland and Germany said they had stopped working temporarily.

“Worldwide, these percentages ranged from a high of 76 per cent in Thailand to a low of 10 per cent in Switzerland,” said researchers in a statement.These figures also varied across nations with lower income countries such as the Philippines, Kenya and Zimbabwe showing more than 60 per cent of respondents lost their jobs or businesses, compared to 3 per cent in Switzerland and 13 per cent in the United States.

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