The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says more than one million full time jobs will be lost across the Caribbean during the second quarter of this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the ILO, the figure could reach 1.5 million.
The ILO said the estimates include only Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago as well as the United States Virgin Islands.
The ILO said the new research focuses on the decline in hours worked.
It added that the figures show that the impact on workers is vast, and calls for attention to both those who lost their jobs and income and those who are asked by employers to reduce working hours and therefore earn less.
The ILO said governments need to make sure social protection measures reach these categories of workers.