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.

Latest

  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. New ILO report

    Philippine Employment Trends 2015: Decent jobs crucial for inclusive growth

    22 April 2015

    A new report published by the ILO shows that the Philippine economy experienced robust rates of growth and made important gains in the labour market in recent years, however, more focus on decent and productive jobs is necessary to foster inclusive growth.

  3. News

    27 million Latin America 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.

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.

Events

  1. Regional Conference

    Labour Market Transitions of Young Women and Men in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    28 - 29 April 2015

    The ILO’s Work4Youth Regional Conference on Labour Market Transition of Young Women and Men in Eastern Europe and Central Asia will bring together delegates from ten countries of these two regions. A report summarizing the results of the School-to-Work transition surveys conducted in six of these countries will be presented. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss current areas of intervention on youth employment and share experience on policy measures.