World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017

The ILO's World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2017  takes stock of the current global labour market situation, assessing the most recent employment developments and forecasting unemployment levels in developed, emerging and developing countries.

It also focuses on trends in job quality, paying particular attention to working poverty and vulnerable employment.

Key findings

  1. The disconnect between growth and employment

    Economic growth is not leading to enough quality job creation and things are expected to worsen in 2017, say ILO economists Steven Tobin and Sheena Yoon.

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    Global unemployment expected to rise by 3.4 million in 2017

    Economic growth continues to disappoint and deficits in decent work remain widespread.

Interactive maps and charts

  1. Where are workers most likely to be unemployed?

    Explore employment trends around the world.

  2. In which countries will unemployment rise next year?

    Discover your country's unemployment projections.