Youth employment

The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO has warned of a “scarred” generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world.

The ILO's programme on youth employment operates through a global network of technical teams at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment.


  1. 2015 World Report on Child Labour

    World Report on Child Labour: Transition to favourable youth employment outcomes

    12 June 2015

    This second volume of the ILO World Report on Child Labour series highlights the close linkages between child labour and the youth decent work deficit, and the consequent need for common policy approaches to addressing these challenges in countries where both prevail.

  2. Good practices

    Good practices on the elimination of child labour in Central Asia

    16 April 2015

    Good practices are a core element of a “learning by doing” approach, and contribute to the sharing of effective and innovative measures to tackle child labour. 15 good practices from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are presented here, along with highlights on advocacy and awareness raising in the three countries, with a view to their wider dissemination to enable policy makers and practitioners in Central Asia and beyond.

  3. Work4Youth Publications

    Youth and rural development: Evidence from 25 school-to-work transition surveys

    14 April 2015

Key resources

  1. Youth employment crisis: ILO call for action

    In June 2012, the ILO adopted a Resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis. The resolution provides a portfolio of tested measures in five areas: macro-economic policies, employability, labour market policies, youth entrepreneurship and rights.

Learn. Share. Connect.

  1. Decent Work 4 Youth Platform

    Interactive on-line platform to engage young people and find solutions to the youth employment crisis.