World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018

B-roll: Unemployment and decent work deficits to remain high in 2018

As the global economy recovers but with a growing labour force, global unemployment in 2018 is projected to remain at a similar level to last year’s, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). According to the "World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018", the global unemployment rate has been stabilizing after a rise in 2016. It is expected to have reached 5.6 per cent in 2017, with the total number of unemployed exceeding 192 million persons.

Date issued: 23 January 2018 | Size/duration: 02:15

Press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland with archival b-roll from Spain (2013), Greece (2012), Colombia (2015), Madagascar (December 2017), Philippines (2014), Kyrgyzstan (2016), Mongolia (August, 2015), Mozambique (July 2017)
Production date:
23 January 2018
Natural sound (sound bites in English)
Copyright ILO - ILO audio-visual material is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license
Video type:
Employment, unemployment, trends, statistics, research, ageing population, services sector


00:00 – 00:18
Various cutaways of journalists cover press briefing at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and cover of report
00:18 – 00:36
Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO (in English)
“Unemployment has stabilized last year and we can look forward this year to some small improvement in overall unemployment. But let’s be clear: we are stabilizing at a very high level, 192 million people without work in the world. That is a frighteningly high figure.”
00:36 – 00:49
Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
“Vulnerable employment remains the fate of a very high proportion of the global workforce, particularly in the developing world as one would expect. We are not progressing in the elimination of working poverty.”
00:49 – 01:09
Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
“We need to look at the longer term trends. We know that the global workforce is getting older. Now what does that mean? What does that mean for our social protection, our pension systems? What does that mean for our re-skilling of workers, throughout their working life? What does it mean for older workers who are probably going to have to stay in work longer?”
01:09 – 01:37
Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
“We know that it’s going to be the services sector, which is the major generator of work in the future. Unfortunately that service sector – very heterogeneous – is where we find a lot of low-quality jobs. We find some very good jobs, but a lot of low quality jobs as well. And if it’s going to be services rather than the manufacturing sector which is going to generate jobs in the future, I think we need to focus very, very closely on what’s going on in that service sector.”
01:37 – 01:40
Lottery ticket street vendor at work, Madrid, Spain
01:40 – 01:43
Woman distributes flyers on city street, Athens, Greece
01:43 – 01:46
Street vendor of sweets, Bogota, Colombia
01:46 – 01:57
Pan of people at work, break rocks.  Medium shot of woman breaks rocks with child in her arms, outskirts of Antananarivo, Madagascar
01:57 – 02:00
 People scavenging at dumpsite, Tacloban, Philippines
02:00 – 02:04
Older woman sells wares on street pavement, Kyrgyzstan
02:04 – 02:07
Elderly people sign paper for pension, Mongolia
02:07 – 02:14
Various of hotel restaurant staff at work, Mozambique