The ILO and the G20
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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.
G20: Facts and figures
  • The G20 jobs gap in 2012 was about 55 million. The gap will continue to widen to reach 63 million in 2018.
  • In over half of the G20, the share of long-term unemployed has increased as a share of total unemployment, in some cases dramatically. These unemployed face daunting re-employment odds.
  • Wage growth has significantly lagged behind productivity growth in most G20 countries, while wage and income inequality either remains high or has widened.
  • Real wages have stagnated, or even fallen, for many in advanced G20 economies. In emerging G20 economies, high levels of under-employment and informality are constraining both current output and future productivity.
  • Working poverty has declined in many emerging G20 countries, most notably China.
  • Expenditure on active labour market programmes failed to keep pace with the rise in unemployment in many countries following the start of the crisis.

Latest news

  1. Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting - Melbourne, 10-11 September

    ILO welcomes G20's ambitious commitments to promote decent jobs

    ILO Director General has welcomed commitments made by the G20 Ministers to tackle the global jobs crisis with a package of measures to support the creation of decent jobs that can lift working families out of poverty and drive sustainable development.

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