Estimated Afghan job loss since Taliban takeover likely to touch 700,000 to 900,000 by mid-2022: Report
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has projected that Afghanistan might be witnessing a job loss between 700,000 and 900,000 by mid-2022 since Taliban took over the country last year, media reports said.
SIGAR had earlier said Afghanistan will witness a significant rise in unemployment.
“A record-high 89% of Afghans surveyed said their local economies were getting worse, 75% reported not having enough money for food in the previous 12 months, and 58% reported they did not have enough money for adequate shelter,” SIGAR said citing Gallup’s recent survey (conducted August–September 2021) as quoted by Tolo News.
TOLOnews spoke with laid-off workers who lost their jobs after the fall of the former government.
Lutfullah was working in a ministry, but he is now obliged to work as a taxi driver to make an end meets.
“We are seven people. This taxi is not mine. I pay 300 Afs to the owner and just make barely 80 to 100 for myself,” he told Tolo News.
“Women are particularly impacted, with female employment levels projected to decrease by 21% by mid-2022, compared to levels before the Taliban takeover. Women accounted for 17% of Afghanistan’s labor force in 2020,” SIGAR said in a report.
“The economy has deteriorated in Afghanistan. All women who have no breadwinner. They are the breadwinner of their families. Unemployment has caused a lot of problems,” said Nazifa Azimi, a former employee of the Ministry of Women Affairs.