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New ECLAC-ILO Report Examines Labor Market Dynamics in 2020 with an Emphasis on the Situation of Youth

6 November 2020|Announcement

The joint publication will be presented virtually on Tuesday, November 10 at a simultaneous press conference held by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and the ILO’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinícius Pinheiro.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will present on Tuesday, November 10, a new edition of their joint report Employment situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Employment trends in an unprecedented crisis: policy challenges (No. 23, November 2020), which will address labor market dynamics in 2020 and especially the effect that the pandemic has had on young people’s employment situation in the region.

The presentation will be made during a simultaneous virtual press conference to be held at 3 p.m. local time in Chile (UTC/GMT -3:00) and led by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, and Vinícius Pinheiro, the ILO’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

It will be transmitted live via Webex at the following link:

Journalists interested in participating must register in advance. They will receive an automated email reply with instructions for connecting to the event.

The press conference will also be transmitted online via the institution’s website and its social media accounts on Twitter (@cepal_onu) and Facebook ( Journalists will be able to submit their questions ahead of time to the email address, and ECLAC’s Executive Secretary as well as the ILO’s Regional Director will respond to them once they have finished presenting the document. Questions will only be taken until 3:30 p.m. local time in Chile.

ECLAC has forecast that the crisis stemming from COVID-19 will cause the worst contraction in Gross Domestic Product in the region’s history, which has had and will continue to have profound work-related and social consequences. The containment measures adopted by countries in terms of halting economic activities and restricting people’s mobility have affected labor markets in Latin America and the Caribbean in ways never seen before, exacerbating the risk of widened employment gaps to the detriment of groups that are already disadvantaged.

In addition to analyzing labor market dynamics in recent months, the joint ECLAC-ILO report indicates that for numerous reasons, women, young people and migrants are among those heavily impacted by the health crisis. More specifically, the second part of the document examines the way in which young people have been affected by the current employment situation.

Members of the media are invited to participate in the virtual press conference. Journalists must connect via the Webex system (prior registration is required) as of 3:00 p.m. local time in Chile (UTC/GMT -3:00) on Tuesday, November 10. Accredited journalists will be able to send their questions in writing via the Webex platform’s chat while the event is taking place. They can also send their queries to the email address

The presentation will also be transmitted on ECLAC’s website ( and at

The full electronic version of this new joint ECLAC-ILO document, along with a press release, will be available as soon as the press conference has concluded on Tuesday, November 10 on ECLAC’s and the ILO’s websites, along with the webpage of the COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean.

What: Launch of joint ECLAC-ILO report No. 23 (November 2020) Employment situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Employment trends in an unprecedented crisis: policy challenges.


  • Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.
  • Vinícius Pinheiro, the ILO’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 3 p.m. local time in Chile (GMT -03:00).

Where: Virtual connection via the Webex platform (prior registration required).

Event number: 172 522 9993

Event password: 5YPb4PVDz8m


Also via ECLAC’s website and at


For queries and interview requests, contact:


  • ECLAC’s Public Information Unit in Santiago, Chile. Email:; Telephone: (56 2) 2210 2040.
  • Sonia Álvarez, ILO’s Press Officer in Santiago, Chile. Email: