Job losses in Afghanistan projected to reach 7-9 lakh

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The US government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stated that job losses in the war-torn nation since the August 2021 Taliban takeover are projected to reach between 700,000-900,000 by mid-2022.

“A record-high 89 percent of Afghans surveyed said their local economies were getting worse, 75 percent reported not having enough money for food in the previous 12 months, and 58 percent reported they did not have enough money for adequate shelter,” SIGAR said.

It also said that Afghan women were particularly impacted, with female employment levels projected to decrease by 21 percent by mid-2022, compared to levels before the Taliban takeover. Women accounted for 17 percent of Afghanistan’s labor force in 2020.”

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