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The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in Mining

Governments must act now to foster a resilient job market in the mining sector and protect their communities’ livelihoods.
By Isabelle Ramdoo on June 7, 2020

Key Messages

  • COVID-19 has closed operations in the global mining sector, and employees are being laid off.
  • Disrupted supply chains are slowing or halting production entirely.
  • Governments must act now to foster a resilient job market and protect their communities’ livelihoods.

Global mine sites are temporarily closing to protect workers’ health and safety. Employees are being laid off. Supply chains are slowing or halting production entirely. The impact of this pandemic on employment in mining cannot be understated, and governments must act now to foster a resilient job market and protect their communities’ livelihoods.

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