More than half of the "forced unemployed" of confinement did not find a job in 2022

More than half of the workers who lost their job or ceased their activity during the confinement period did not find their job again in 2022, according to data from the High Commission for Planning (HCP). Two out of three working people had to stop their activities because of the confinement.

The HCP indicated in its research carried out on a panel from June 15 to 24 that 53% of workers who had to stop working following confinement, “are still in a situation
work stoppage”, while a third, or 36%, resumed their activity.

The High Commission further indicated that 11% are either looking for a new job or in a situation of inactivity since the confinement.

Due to the pandemic, two-thirds of workers, representing 66.2%, had to temporarily stop their activity.

This judgment concerns both city dwellers and rural dwellers with very similar percentages, 68.2% for city residents and 63.1% for rural dwellers. In terms of occupational categories, artisans and skilled workers have been hardest hit. They were 88% to have stopped their activity in this category, followed by 79% for non-agricultural labourers.

More generally, the professional categories most affected by the cessation of activity linked to confinement were the self-employed and employers, who reached 74%. Employees come in second place with 65% cessation of activity during this period.

According to the sector of activity, workers in construction come at the top of the list representing 84%, followed by workers in industry totaling 75%.

In terms of social class, the most modest class comes first, with a rate of loss of activity reaching 72% among the 40% of the most modest population, compared to 47% among the working population belonging to the 20% most well off.

According to the representative sample questioned by the HCP, almost half of the employed workers (48%) who stopped working during the sanitary confinement mentioned, as the main reason, the closure of companies or the reduction of the workforce, a proportion which reaches 70% among employees.

Resumption of post-lockdown activity

The resumption of professional activity is 8% greater in cities than in rural areas, however only reaching 39% and 31%.

By sector of activity, the share of people who have returned to their jobs after a temporary stoppage, caused by confinement, is 33% in the construction sector, 32% in agriculture, 34% in services, 41 % in trade and 44% in industry.

Women are the most affected by the non-return to an activity, they are 7% more than men, in not having regained their activity, and 22% of women affected by the work stoppage during confinement fell. unemployed or inactive against 7% for men, ie a 15% difference.

An average of 38% of men on sick leave have resumed their activity (31% for women), indicates the HCP.

In terms of social class, the categories deemed the most well-off found work more easily, they reached 44% among the 20% most affluent against 31% of people among the 40% of the most modest population.

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