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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.

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.

Latest

  1. Job creation

    ILO Director-General calls for more public funding to create jobs in the global economy

    28 July 2014

    Guy Ryder says 4 million jobs could be generated in advanced economies and EU alone with more public cash injections

  2. Work4Youth Publications

    Labour market transitions of young women and men in Jamaica

    22 July 2014

    This report presents the highlights of the 2013 School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS) run together with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) within the framework of the ILO Work4Youth Project.

  3. Study

    ILO: Youth in Jordan face difficult transition from school to decent work

    21 July 2014

    Jordan’s youth face a myriad of challenges when attempting to move from education to the workplace, according to a new ILO study.

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