Global Employment Trends 2013

  1. Recovering from a second jobs dip

  1. Please note that as of 2015 Global Employment Trends has been replaced by a new annual ILO flagship series, the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO): Trends. You can now find global estimates of employment and unemployment, analysis of trends in the labour market, forecasts and much more on the WESO: Trends webpage.

  1. Global Employment Trends 2013: Recovering from a second jobs dip

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    Five years after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the Global Employment Trends 2013 offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment. It also presents policy considerations in light of the new challenges facing policy makers in the coming year.

Key findings

  1. Presentation by Ekkehard Ernst, Chief of the ILO Employment Trends Unit

    Uncertainty holds back job creation

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Regional highlights

Presentation by ILO Labour Economist Steven Kapsos

New growth engines

Global economic growth slowed sharply in 2012 and its impact on jobs and labour productivity is being felt in every region. Unemployment has gone up the most in the developed economies, such as the European Union. However a strong middle class now emerging in East Asia and elsewhere in the developing world could become a new global growth engine.

Skills mismatch

Presentation by ILO Labour Economist Theo Sparreboom

New skills for new jobs

With high unemployment, workers are increasingly finding themselves looking for work in new occupations where they lack the skills employers are looking for. This skills mismatch means unemployed people are taking longer to find a new job, and this is driving up long-term unemployment rates, especially for young people.