Estimated job losses among garment workers in Asian countries 2020-2021

Estimated job losses among garment workers in selected Asian countries between March 2020 to March 2021

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Release date

July 2021



Survey time period

April to June 2021

Supplementary notes

* The source adds the following note: "In Pakistan, very few workers have contracts or registration and there is currently no reliable information on worker numbers, so the extent of job loss was not recorded or reported. In 2020, the Pakistani industry did not suffer as much from lost orders as other countries. In fact, the industry gained orders intended for other producing countries because Pakistan had a much lower COVID-19 infection rate and no lockdown. Lower production was mostly dealt with by having workers work fewer hours."

The source gives the following information on the details of the study:
"Desk research was conducted between April and June 2021 to collate data from studies and surveys of the impact of the pandemic on the garment sector in seven major garment-producing countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In addition, traditional media and social media sources referenced in the Clean Clothes Campaign live blog were used to understand government policy, industry responses, and specific cases of un(der) payment of wages. The data were checked for accuracy by Clean Clothes Campaign partners in each country to establish whether the assumptions were realistic in the context."

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