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. © UN Photo/A. G. Farran 2014

    Press release

    Global Migration Group releases new book on youth and migration

    17 December 2014

    Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities offers unprecedented overview of how youth are affected by migration and agenda to achieve triple win.

  2. Press release

    Launch of pioneering new report "Migration and youth: Challenges and opportunities"

    16 December 2014

  3. © Jamie Martin / World Bank 2014

    Youth employment

    Lack of higher education leaves millions of young people out of decent work in developing countries

    15 December 2014

    ILO study shows that the lack of post-secondary education in lower and middle-income economies leaves the majority of young men and women stuck in vulnerable and informal employment.

Events

  1. Skills, knowledge and employability

    Workshops conclude ILO project supporting performance management of National Employment Strategy and Employment, Technical Vocational Education and Training institutions in Jordan

    30 November - 22 December 2014, Amman, Jordan

    The ILO and its partners in Jordan hold a series of workshops to produce an action plan for better monitoring and evaluation of the National Employment Strategy and associated training programmes.