Employment promotion in Asia and the Pacific

Garment workers in Bangladesh.

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Asia’s vast labour force, 1.9 billion in 2008, represents approximately 59 per cent of the global total, and it is expected to continue to grow. Without sufficient numbers of new decent and productive employment opportunities it is unlikely that the region will be able to achieve the goals of rising living standards, reduced poverty, social and economic integration, and social development. Sound employment policies, sustainable enterprise promotion and human resource development are essential elements in achieving these goals.

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Key resources

  1. COVID-19 business resilience guides for manufacturers in Asia

    Factories across Asia are facing severe impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to the urgent needs of these manufacturers across the region, the ILO has developed a series of six action-oriented guides to help factories navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to build factory business resilience.

  2. Labour market indicators profile for ASEAN member countries

    This data set for 9 countries in the East and South East Asian region provides information on labour market and decent work indicators. It covers 11 thematic areas including employment opportunities, earnings, productivity, working children, equal opportunities, safety at work, social security and social dialogue.

  3. Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2020: Navigating the crisis towards a human-centred future of work

    The report pulls together the most recent statistics to generate an assessment of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had so far on employment and labour markets in the most populous and dynamic region of the world. With economic growth in the Asia and Pacific region already weakening in 2019, the current crisis has hit economies, enterprises and workers in the region with a force that is reversing some of the limited gains made in pursuit of decent work and inclusive growth in the previous decade.