Resources on youth employment

  1. Formal employment: A critical way to engage young people

    11 August 2015

    The theme for International Youth Day in 2015 is youth civic engagement, which includes economic and social engagement. Young workers who are part of the formal economy have a greater chance of having access to decent work as adults.

  2. Youth and trade unions in the Americas

    11 August 2015

    The ILO has published a new handbook entitled Youth and Trade Unions in the Americas. In this interview, Carmen Benitez, Regional Specialist in Workers'Education, explains the issues surrounding the topic of youth for trade union movement in the Americas.

  3. 27 million Latin American and Caribbean youth in the informal economy

    22 April 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) calls for urgent action to help youth in the region move from the informal to the formal economy.

  4. Promoting formal employment among youth: innovative experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    20 April 2015

    Formalizing employment, particularly youth employment, continues to pose a challenge for the countries of the region. Currently, 13% of youth are unemployed and 55.7% are informally employed (ILO 20131 and ILO 2014a2). The challenge of enabling the new labour force to actively participate in the labour market is compounded by the additional challenge of guaranteeing that the new jobs meet decent work criteria.

  5. Caribbean Labour Ministers commit to closer collaboration

    04 July 2013

    The 8th International Labour Organization (ILO) Meeting of Caribbean Labour Ministers concluded on July 3, 2013 with a commitment to deepen regional national, regional and international collaboration.

  6. ILO Director-General calls for urgent action on youth unemployment

    03 July 2013

    Guy Ryder tells Caribbean Labour ministers that it is time to act to save a “lost generation” of young people.

  7. ECLAC and ILO Predict that Unemployment Will Fall Again to 6.4% in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2012

    05 November 2012

    The two United Nations agencies indicate that there remain structural problems that have a negative effect on the labour market situation of young people.

  8. 2011 Labour Overview. Latin America and the Caribbean.

    25 April 2012

    For Latin America and the Caribbean, growth and employment ended with a positive balance in 2011. We are now at the end of a year characterized by intense uncertainty about the global economy. There is growing concern about the negative repercussions that a new recession could have on the economies and unemployment rates of our region.

  9. ILO opens International Forum on “Employment, Youth and Democratic Governance”, calling for more and better jobs for young people

    13 December 2011

    At 14.4 per cent, the youth unemployment rate is double the general rate, and 60 per cent of young workers are in informal jobs. Eminent personalities are meeting in Lima to take part in the Forum.

  10. Decent Work and Youth in Latin America, 2010

    05 October 2011

    This report takes stock of progress and setbacks with respect to the problems identified in the report published in 2007.