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Workers feel the pain as SE Asia jobless rates rise

Authorities in region must do more to aid pandemic-hit sectors, experts say

A resurgence in COVID-19 infections and prolonged curbs to control the spread have made the task of shoring up the employment markets of Southeast Asia more challenging, experts said in calling on governments in the region to step up their policy responses.

Reviving the jobs market, especially in hard-hit industries such as tourism, catering and retail, also requires a faster pace of vaccinations to rein in the coronavirus, they said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted regional supply chains due to the travel bans and lockdowns. It has also had an impact on several sectors, such as the tourism-related industry,” said Arisman, executive director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, in Indonesia.

In Southeast Asia, where many countries are struggling to contain a new wave of infections, especially after the detection of new COVID-19 variants including Delta, the…

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