Affiliations: International Labour Organization, Switzerland
Corresponding author: Roger Gomis, Data Production and Analysis Unit, Department of Statistics, International Labour Organization, 4 route des Morillons CH-1211 Genève 22, Switzerland. E-mail: [email protected].
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Abstract: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unprecedented labour market disruption, triggering the most severe global labour market crisis on record. The speed and depth of the crisis rendered labour force survey data unable to provide timely information. The ILO nowcasting model was designed to track the disruption in the world of work caused by the pandemic. This required: 1) filling data gaps, 2) increasing the timeliness of available data, and 3) focusing on an indicator that captured well the pandemic disruption: hours worked. The estimates obtained from the ILO nowcasting model have become the backbone of the empirical strategy behind the ILO Monitor on the World of Work publication series. The latest estimates corroborate that the pandemic induced very large declines in hours worked at an unprecedented speed. Furthermore, the recovery process has stalled, driven by a stagnant recovery in developing economies. The country-level input data and estimates of the ILO nowcasting model allow for complementary analysis, which was published in the ILO Monitor. The topics included the effects of COVID-19 testing and tracing, fiscal stimulus, and vaccination on labour market outcomes.
Keywords: Nowcasting, COVID-19, labour statistics, hours worked, ILO Monitor