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. Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015

    Highlights of the Youth Employment Trends

    09 October 2015

    The global youth unemployment rate has dropped to 73.3 million in 2014, 3.3 million less than the crisis peak in 2009. Good news but still a long way to go according to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 report.

  2. © Alexandre Syrota 2015

    Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015

    Youth employment crisis easing but far from over

    08 October 2015

    Despite a mild recovery in the 2012-2014 period, the youth unemployment rate remains well above its pre-crisis level. For millions of young people around the world finding a decent job is still a drawn-out uphill struggle.

  3. Global Employment Trends for Youth

    ILO to publish Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015

    02 October 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.


  1. Event

    Youth Employment in the CIS - 5th regional network meeting in Sochi, Russian Federation

    13 - 17 October 2015

  2. Event

    ILO and J-PAL Executive Education Course, Cairo 2015

    18 - 22 October 2015

    Hosted by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and International Labour Organization