At a time when the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging India, a report prepared by the Centre for Sustainable Employment at Azim Premji University (APU) has highlighted how employment and income had not recovered to pre-pandemic levels even in late 2020 and the latest surge in cases would only add to the devastation and distress.

The report, titled “State of Working India 2021 – One year of Covid-19”, was released on Wednesday, May 5. It highlights how women lost more employment than men during the pandemic last year, how nearly half of formal salaried workers moved into informal work and how poorer households experienced far higher losses in income during the lockdown period.

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