Covid-19 unemployment risk for older workers

Older workers may be more likely to be subject to age discrimination during the pandemic. — Filepic/The Star

WHILE most of those affected by unemployment during the Covid-19 crisis were youths, the biggest increase in unemployment percentage has come from the older age groups.

Tabulating data from the Statistics Department (Dosm), Chai Sen Tyng, a Senior Research Officer at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)’s Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing found that while the unemployment rate is the highest (12.6% at Q3 2020) for the 15-24 age group, the biggest change in unemployment rate between Q4,2019 and Q3,2020 is the 55-64 age group, where unemployment jumped from 0.6% to 4.2%.

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

aging , covid-19 , unemployment


Next In Focus

In the fight to end AIDS, girls and young women matter
Putting the brakes on car thefts
Huge pressure on special needs kids
She hunts pythons in the dead of night
Omicron is not done with us yet
Disaster after disaster
Livelihoods laid to waste
The chase for spy satellites
Waiting for asylum – in a hotel
The power of Palestinian stories

Others Also Read