The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

86% of world's unemployed get no income support: ILO


GENEVA (AFP) - More than 86 per cent of workers worldwide who lost their jobs after the global economic crisis - about 34.4 million people - had no unemployment benefit to fall back on, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said on Wednesday.

"More than 86 per cent of the almost 40 million people who dropped out of the labour market since 2008 found themselves without a regular income from one day to the other," said ILO social protection expert Florence Bonnet.

The figures, which take into account many young workers who have not paid a sufficient number of social security contributions to receive benefits, form part of an ILO survey showing a stark absence of statutory cover for those who lose their jobs around the world.

Workers' insurance schemes exist in only 72 countries out of 198 surveyed by the Geneva-based agency, and most of them are well off nations, it said.