ILO report

Decent Work and Youth in Latin America 2010

The report shows the educational and employment situation of young people in Latin America including a description of the most important indicators, an analysis on the causes and consequences, and the challenges that youth access to productive and decent work poses to governments and other stakeholders in the region, and possible courses of action to address them.


In 2007 the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean published the first report of Decent Work and Youth in Latin America. Three years later this new report, which coincides with the International Year of Youth, not only updated information, but it broadens and deepens the scope of analysis.

The report - available in Spanish only - shows the educational and employment situation of young people in Latin America including a description of the most important indicators, an analysis on the causes and consequences, and the challenges that youth access to productive and decent work poses to governments and other stakeholders in the region, and possible courses of action to address them.

According to the document, in Latin America the Working Age Population would consist of 104.2 million young people, of whom approximately 6.7 million are unemployed.

The report places particular emphasis on the breakdown of the most relevant results by country, sex, age (adults, youth of 18 to 24 years, and youth of 15 to 17 years) and area of residence (urban / rural) to the extent that available information exists.

The report, coordinated by Guillermo Dema, Regional Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean in Child Labor and Youth Employment was supported by various specialists and consultants in the region and by the PREJAL Project.

The content of the report includes: i) Latin America: still young, ii) the educational opportunity: changes and options, iii) the work and youth in Latin America, iv) rural areas and youth in Latin America, v) youth and labour migration, and vi) institutional framework.

The document is only available in Spanish: Trabajo Decente y Juventud en América Latina 2010.