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Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012

In its report on the “Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012” issued in May 2012, the ILO examines the continuing job crisis affecting young people in many parts of the world. It provides updated statistics on global and regional youth unemployment rates and presents ILO policy recommendations to curb the current trends.


  1. Report from Greece

    Jobs for youth: lost for years to come

    Gains in employment rates for young people have been wiped out by the economic crisis. According to the ILO's Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012, it may take 4-5 years before jobs rebound. In the meantime, many of the 75 million unemployed young people will completely give up looking for work.

  2. Video interview

    "Youth unemployment crisis until at least 2016"

    ILO's Theodoor Sparreboom, Senior Economist author of the study, explains the current youth unemployment rates, which at a global level, are stuck at 12,7%.

  3. Video highlights of the Press conference

    "Economic growth is proving to be more stubborn than originally thought"

    José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director of the ILO Employment Sector, presents the Global Employment Trends for Youth to the media in Geneva.

News and Features

  1. Press release

    Four million more jobless youth since 2007

    The global youth unemployment rate for 2012 remains stuck at crisis peak levels and is not expected to come down until at least 2016.

  1. Neither working nor studying, the fate for millions of youth worldwide

    Many discouraged youth have essentially given up looking for a job, reflecting an increasing detachment from the labour market.

  2. The hidden face of youth unemployment

    More than 6 million youth worldwide have dropped out of the labour force. They either have given up searching for a job or have decided to prolong their studies.

  3. Temporary, part-time jobs: a trap for youth?

    The use of temporary contracts for young workers has nearly doubled since the onset of the economic crisis.