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. Youth entrepreneurship

    Somali Voices: Ahmed Ali Adam

    25 November 2014

    Ahmed Ali Adam, a beneficiary of the project: "Youth for Change", tells his story. The Youth for Change is a joint initiative between ILO, UNDP and UNICEF. The programme, funded by the Government of Japan, provides young people with an opportunity for social rehabilitation and economic reintegration.

  2. Publication

    Promoting youth employment through activation strategies

    24 November 2014

    EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 163

  3. © Issa Yusuf / AFP 2014

    Tanzania

    One-stop job centre makes it easier for workers and employers to connect

    13 November 2014

    With help from the ILO, an employment agency in Dar Es Salaam goes digital and makes the job search easier.