Global Employment Trends 2013: Facts and figures for South Asia

Article | 22 January 2013
  • Economic growth weakened and did not deliver significant numbers of jobs and decent work.
  • Unemployment rates remained low, projected at 3.8 per cent in 2012, but youth unemployment was estimated at 9.6 per cent.
  • A large share of workers remained in agriculture, in the urban informal sector or in unprotected jobs in the formal sector.
  • Female labour force participation remains low.
  • The goal of creating more decent work will be even more elusive in 2013.
  • There are widespread skills and education mismatches: many South Asians are leaving school or university without skills that are demanded by employers. Many of these young people “queue” for a job in the public sector.
  • Labour productivity improvements within services contributed significantly to growth. (see 2nd chart below)
  • Structural change has also contributed significantly to growth, but to a lesser extent during the crisis.
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