The ILO and the G20

The ILO actively supports the G20 in its role as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. At the request of the G20, we contribute data, analysis and policy recommendations on labour, economic and social issues in order to strengthen the global economy.

Facts & Figures

  • G20 countries have lost 3.4 per cent of hours worked in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, corresponding to approximately 75 million full-time jobs. This number has decreased from a loss of 161 million full-time jobs in 2020.
  • The unemployment rate has slightly dropped from 6.7 per cent in 2020, to 6.1 per cent in 2021.
  • The number of people in employment in 2021 has increased again to the levels of 2017, after a drop in numbers in 2020 had interrupted a ten-year period of continuous growth.
  • After a larger fall in employment between 2019 and 2020, women are experiencing a slower increase in employment between 2020 and 2021 than men (+ 1.7 per cent and + 2.3 per cent, respectively)
  • The gender gap in the labour force participation rate stood at 24.9 percentage points in 2021 and is estimated to remain at this level in 2022.
  • Between 2020 and 2021, youth employment increased at the same rate as adult employment, at 2 per cent. However, this comes after a large drop of 11 per cent between 2019 and 2020, compared to a drop of 2.9% among the adult population
  • The share of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) increased from 13.1 per cent in 2019 to 15.3 per cent in 2020 for men, and from 30.3 per cent in 2019 to 31.1 per cent in 2020 for women.